Roger Marshall|| needs YRM funding ::

Roger Marshall|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Evangelism

What is your ministry?

The main challenge is finding a specific ministry role in this regard. My interactions have been informal, up until now, with individual believers and unbelievers.


What do you hope to gain from participating?

I hope to benefit from the practical wisdom and experience of Christian leaders who have been and are applying Scripture to people’s lives in pastoral and counseling settings. I am hoping to sign up for one module of a Christian counseling course starting next spring. As I see it, the Year-Round Mentoring sessions will help me benefit from this course than I would otherwise, as it will provide an opportunity to share insights that I gain from the course with my mentor. This will help me address questions related to the course that I might not have thought about on my own.


What is your leadership role?

I have been invited to form a small discipleship group with some pastors and Christian leaders in Spain and to form other similar discipleship groups in and through my local church in Northeast Spain. The focus will be on helping people to deal with the aftermath of abuse. I have also been leading an English conversation meetup in a restaurant that belongs to the church. Most of the group members are not believers, but they have become friends with whom I quite often meet socially. This setting provides many opportunities for small group and individual evangelism and discipleship. I hope to develop this initiative further after the summer when the Covid restrictions will probably have been lifted or relieved.


Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I would like to develop Bible study material that will address real needs, show a good understanding of the cultural/philosophical/ ideological contexts in which people live and face challenges from day to day, and help them to see how Scripture points them towards answers to the questions they might be asking.


Doris Meister|| needs YRM funding ::

Doris Meister|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Italy

Occupation:
Media/Communication

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

What is your ministry?

I am part of the national board of our church network, and it is my responsibility to form a team that will take care of the communication for this network. At the moment, we do not have a marketing strategy (we use Facebook and Whatsapp to communicate with our churches). My role is to create a marketing strategy for our organization and then find gifted volunteers who could collaborate.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

At the end of the year, I hope to be more conscious and to do my ministry with more confidence. At the end of the year, I hope to have created the communication workgroup I was asked to develop and to know who will be the right people to work with. I want to learn to identify who my audience is and to understand their motivation. I am looking forward to learning from the speakers and the other participants. As I will have to create a team, it will be my responsibility to mentor my team members, give them feedback, and help them grow.

What is your leadership role?

I am part of the national board of our church network, and it is my responsibility to form a team that will be in charge of communication.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I need to learn some practical skills related to marketing and communication. I want to learn how to create messages that speak to the heart. I want to learn how to create excellent marketing communication to speak from the leadership of the church network to the local churches and their leaders and members. I want to learn how to encourage communication between the local churches. I have to start from scratch; I do not have any formal training or experience.

Dominik Svitel|| needs YRM funding ::

Dominik Svitel|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

What is your ministry?

I oversee two youth group ministries. One ministry is in my church but because of Covid, it is very limited now. We are unable to meet or stay in touch with our students. The second youth ministry is my work with CRU. This ministry is more developed and consists of ministry to students and young adults. We are doing ministries like sports outreach, book clubs, and youth groups. We also try to support other ministries around Slovakia.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I think the mentoring program will help me to grow personally and spiritually. I love to learn from new people and from experienced people. I am especially interested in learning what different things people have been doing to adapt to Covid. I think nowadays it is good to invest in people’s individual growth. I have been mentored and have been part of several discipleship groups, so I am very much looking forward to another one. I hope to learn more about the practical ministry that I do, but also to learn some new skills.

What is your leadership role?

I am an elder in my local church. I am also part of the leadership of the CRU organization in Slovakia. I have been doing youth ministry in my church for more than 15 years. I also sometimes preach, and I lead a small group. We try to meet as often as possible, but everything is online these days.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I want to receive advice about the vision and direction of our youth ministry. I am faithful to what our plans are, but I would like to be clearer about our end goals. I want to help the youth to become mature Christians.

Richard Sempala|| needs YRM funding ::

Richard Sempala|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Uganda

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

What is your ministry?

I founded the Africa Life Youth Foundation in 2004 for the purpose of taking the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to youths in their communities. Since then, I have been speaking in schools four times a week, organizing youth leadership conferences across the country and the great East Africa region, holding youth camps, and speaking at an annual evangelistic event called the Youth Festival for Jesus. We support pregnant young girls with physical and spiritual guidance. We have started 24 school clubs for the purpose of helping youths to evangelize and disciple their peers. We are building a youth ministry network across our country. We are providing youth leaders in villages with basic theological training to help them to understand how to prepare a sermon.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I expect to gain more skills in listening and problem solving and to build relationships with other youth ministry leaders across the world. I hope to learn how to build a youth ministry that will make disciples across the country. I am expecting to build relationships and to learn about what other youth leaders are facing in their ministries and how they handle challenges. I expect to see growth within me after the year of mentoring.

What is your leadership role?

I am the Executive Director of Africa Life Youth Foundation and am responsible for running the entire organization. I fundraise for the entire organization and am responsible for our annual budget. I direct the organization’s operations and programs. I develop and implement accounting policies, procedures, and operational reporting and metrics. I oversee and report on the organization’s results to the board of directors. I build relationships with external organizations that have similar goals.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

There are limited resources available for youth ministry. Most senior pastors do not understand the value of investing in youth ministry departments. Parents are not cooperative.

Flaviu Teofil Coman|| needs YRM funding ::

Flaviu Teofil Coman|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

What is your ministry?

Since 1999, I have been the youth pastor in our local Pentecostal church in Medgidia, Romania. Since 2002, I have been leading the youth department for the Pentecostal denomination in the southeastern part of Romania. Since 2015, I have been leading an organization called Vital. From 2010-2015, I led the youth department for an organization called BIG-IMPACT.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to learn more about mentoring youth leaders. I think being mentored myself will help me to accomplish this goal. Next year I want to do the same for other youth leaders from Romania. I want to connect with other youth leaders and be inspired.

What is your leadership role?

I am a youth pastor and lead a great youth ministry team in our local church in Medgidia. I started to plant churches in southeastern Romania 22 years ago and I am still doing this with young people. Six years ago, I started to lead a national organization for youth leaders called “Vital.” This is the Josiah Venture partner in Romania. Right now, we have 13 full-time employees in our organization and 35 volunteers. Through this organization, we train youth leaders to do discipleship like Jesus using four strategies: camps, schools, sports, and music. We also host national conferences for youth leaders in Romania. I am one of the founders of an organization called ProLider, which trains leaders. I am a teacher and part of the leadership board for a mission school in Romania. I teach a course called “Discipleship as a Lifestyle.” I oversee a few churches. I mentor youth pastors and pastors.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I want to receive mentoring. I want to network with other youth leaders. I want to become a better leader and mentor myself.

Jan Brtnicek|| needs YRM funding ::

Jan Brtnicek|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Czech Republic

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

What is your ministry?

I have been the youth leader in my church for almost four years now. I have been part of the youth department of our church since 2015. We have a great team that I love to work with. Sometimes I help with worship or devotions in different youth group meetings in Slovakia and Czech Republic. I love to shepherd young people and newer youth leaders in their spiritual lives, helping them to get up on their feet and to walk in faith with the God who is merciful and who cares.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

Through the Year-Round Mentoring program, I hope to receive profound and long-term support to make positive changes in the youth ministry at my church. I would like to learn from “professionals.” I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know other youth leaders and sharing my experiences and faith with them. I am looking forward to learning how to motivate young Christians to stay in the world but not be “of the world.” I would like to gain motivation to trust the Lord even through the struggles that I face.

What is your leadership role?

I am currently in a period of transition. I have been at my local home church for eight years and am currently the youth leader there. I am moving on to start my vicarate as a youth vicar, which means that I am finishing theology studies this year. In my upcoming youth vicar role in a new local congregation, I am going to support the youth leaders and help with youth gatherings for four different groups: older youth, younger youth, confirmees, and Fusion (a mission music choir/band).

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I have much to learn. I would like to be more decisive, taking responsibility for my decisions and not hesitating when making choices. I would like to learn how to delegate to my team more and to not do everything alone. I would like to improve my communication skills and to not forget to let other team members know what is going on.

Vadym Biriukov|| needs YRM funding ::

Vadym Biriukov|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

What is your ministry?

I became involved in ministry with the teenagers of our church in 2012. We had fellowship meetings twice a month on Fridays at that time. Recently I was in contact with a young man who said that he still remembers some of the topics we discussed then and that he misses those days. We had a back-pack hiking trip to Crimea in 2013. There were 10 teens and 10 adults. We were studying the life of Daniel. Now we have meetings on Sundays after church. Recently I have begun meeting with more mature young people on Fridays.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to meet with other youth leaders. I want to listen to their stories, struggles, victories, and visions so that we can share our experiences and benefit from them. I want to meet with experienced mentors. I want to listen to important topics in youth ministry. I want to learn about how to better interact with young people.

What is your leadership role?

I have been a deacon at a Baptist church since 2008. I am a preacher and sing in the choir. I led a small group but with the pandemic, we stopped getting together. I have also worked at Zaporizhzhya Bible Seminary since 2007. I have been on several short-term mission trips to Central Asia and the Caucasus region of Eurasia. I have been the dean of students at ZBS since 2011. I teach a course on evangelism, so it has been exciting to plan and run this course with our students. In 2018, I became the youth leader in our church. It has been a step-by-step process, but our youth ministry is reviving. Praise God!

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I want to build a team doing active and creative youth ministry in our church. I also have an eye toward eventually passing the baton on to a younger leader.

Bernard Owosu Sachie|| needs YRM funding ::

Bernard Owosu Sachie|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Ghana

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Evangelism

What is your ministry?

I am a pastor and evangelist working for African Enterprise. Our focus is to evangelize the cities of Africa through word and deed in partnership with the church. We use an approach called stratified evangelism, which is to say that we try as much as possible to reach every stratum in each city where we work. We also work in leadership development as well as in social action intervention for the vulnerable in society. I personally have a strength in mobilizing and organizing leaders. African Enterprise networks with several parachurch organizations. We serve as a catalyst for proclamation evangelism in Africa.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I believe that walking with mature leaders is the best way to learn and to be effective in ministry. My expectation is that I will connect with leaders who will be willing to walk with me in my leadership journey so that I can make a positive impact on my generation. I also believe that I must learn the techniques of mentoring so that I will be able to mentor young people to take over leadership in the next generation.

What is your leadership role?

I am the current team leader for African Enterprise Ghana. My responsibility is to lead the team in evangelizing the cities of Ghana and beyond. I am also the mission director for the organization. I write mission proposals for the ministry. I train church leaders and set up missions for AE Ghana. In addition, I double as the West Africa Regional Coordinator for Movement Day Africa. My duty is to mobilize West African church leaders and to encourage them to advance city gospel movements in our region. I have been involved in mobilizing continental Christian Leaders in Africa to connect with one another for the cause of the Kingdom of God.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

The working class somehow have been left out in ministry work. Nonetheless, they have a major part to play if we want to win the workplace for the Lord. I believe that if we can equip them, they will be effective in their field of operation.

Lucia Stelluti|| needs YRM funding ::

Lucia Stelluti|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Italy

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

What is your ministry?

I am involved in the Italian Evangelical Alliance on a regional board, coordinating activities, meeting churches leaders, and leading events.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to grow in my personal confidence in Christ with a clearer vision of my specific and personal calling. I would like to learn how to interact well with different public and political stakeholders. I want to learn how to live my womanhood in leadership and how to interact with male leaders with confidence and sobriety. I want to improve how I communicate the vision of both my organizations and bring together the right persons with the same vision and a strong passion and commitment. I want to learn how to keep a balance between my private family life and my public role.

What is your leadership role?

In a few weeks, I will probably take up the position of vice president of IEA with a more public role. This would include national and international engagement and a representative role with political authorities and evangelical leaders of churches and organizations. I am also on the communication team for Ideaitalia, the news magazine of IEA. For 10 years, I have also been part of the board of the Committee of Evangelical Teachers in Italy. I am responsible for communication, pedagogical research, writing, and promoting activities and events.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I would like to work on my own emotional stability in difficult times and learning to listen to diversity of opinion. I would like to better understand political and public communication and relationships. I want to see a growing regional and city network of collaborative initiatives through churches, mission organizations, diaconal works, and professionals. For the committee of teachers of which I am part, I want to build a wider and stronger network of parents, teachers, and students with a heart for a movement of Christian education in Italy. I would like to begin an evangelical training for teachers and young students in the educational sphere with a connection to similar European initiatives.

Veronika Onodi-Szabo|| needs YRM funding ::

Veronika Onodi-Szabo|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

What is your ministry?

I work for an organization called Ifjúságépítők Alapítvány. We are a group of people listening to God’s call in responding to the needs and challenges of youth workers in Hungary. I would like to build a healthy, committed team of fellow-workers and volunteers with a clear vision. I would like to see each member of our team growing in faith and skills and helping us to improve. I believe that as leaders we have a huge opportunity and responsibility toward the ones we lead and that we should be examples in humility and boldness. I believe that our goals (equipping and embracing and empowering youth workers) can and will be best achieved by having strong partnership relationships with other organizations in the field of youth ministry.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

Year-Round Mentoring will help me grow in leadership skills and confidence. I feel the inner motivation and need for mentoring and training to be a better leader for my team and co-leader for my leader. I believe this group is an amazing opportunity to learn together as a community. I believe that with the help of an experienced leader I can discover my weaknesses and strengths and become better in helping others discover theirs, too.

What is your leadership role?

I am currently the HR manager of the team, and I will be co-leader in our organization in two months. I would like to prepare for this role as I have never been at the highest leadership position in an organization before. I will be commissioned and involved in leading gradually, starting with one area first. In another organization (IFES Hungary) I am responsible for five young people who are leaders of youth ministry groups on three different university campuses. I am a mentor helping their growth as mission leaders at their universities.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I often find it hard to make decisions and to lead a group towards a decision. I want to learn to let go of my precision and perfectionism. I want to become more courageous in speaking my mind and in communicating goals that are attractive to others. I want to grow in perseverance.

Anna Gnatyshyna|| needs YRM funding ::

Anna Gnatyshyna|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Evangelism

What is your ministry?

OneHope’s vision is to engage the younger generation with God’s Word. Our desire is to affect destinies, not just modify current circumstances. While many of our incredible partners strive to provide children around the world with much-needed tangible resources such as food, water, and clothing, we feel called to devote our resources to providing children and youth with the Gospel message. We believe God’s Word has the power to bring eternal changes in addition to a fulfilling life on Earth. Moreover, we are striving to be innovative and to speak with children through innovative technologies. Therefore, we invest lots of effort into digital evangelism.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

From the Year-Round Mentoring program, I expect to receive encouragement in my leadership role; new skills and detecting and changing old patterns and old thinking that prevents me from wise management of my resources (like time and energy); spiritual renewal in my walk with God, which will influence the way I do my ministry; mentoring and advice from both the speakers and from the other leaders in this mentoring track.

What is your leadership role?

I work in OneHope as the Ministry and Operations Coordinator for Eurasia. I work on developing and distributing evangelistic resources in the region. This includes cross-cultural communication and the ability to find common ground with partners so we can be united in reaching the same goal. My main area of focus is on the younger generation and ways of engaging them with God’s Word. I meet with people from various denominational and cultural backgrounds. We look for different creative and practical methods to interact and communicate with children. Besides that, I am a leader of Bible study groups in my church and do counseling.

Kseniia Bondarenko|| needs YRM funding ::

Kseniia Bondarenko|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

What is your ministry?

I am the Chair of the Board of an NGO called Forward United. Forward United is a partner with Christianity Explored and The Word One to One. We share thousands of books and train local teams to use these resources for His glory. Forward United seeks to reach the new generation of Ukrainians and help Christians and local churches to share unchanging biblical truth using new creative methods. We would like to grow nationwide. We want to have a representative in every region of the country. We would like to partner with every Bible seminary and train others in sharing the Good News to the rising generation. We are launching a YouTube channel and podcast that will share more about ongoing programs and tools that we recommend. We have a lot of Christians here in Ukraine who are afraid to share the Word with their close friends and relatives. Forward United is ready to help and equip with biblical resources. We also administrate ESL evangelism courses as a tool to reach more people for Christ in Ukraine. Together with Biblica Inc., we provide Bibles to the rising generation here in Ukraine and in Central Asia.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to learn more from other experienced Christian leaders. It is important to know how to lead in a new world. There are a lot of storms and Christians should be united in sharing the Good News for His glory. I expect to gain spiritual support, new tools, and ideas for Christian leadership in a COVID-19 and post COVID-19 world. I would like to learn tips for using my time wisely.

What is your leadership role?

I am the Chair of the Board of an NGO called Forward United. My team and I create, translate, and print resources that help Christians to share their faith with their non-Christian friends and relatives.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

It is easy to focus on the task instead of the goal. I would like to learn more about how to delegate and how to encourage others in what they can do for His glory. I would like to learn to listen more and to better plan for turbulent times.

Leah Stanzel|| needs YRM funding ::

Leah Stanzel|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Discipleship

What is your ministry?

I am a pastor’s wife who serves in various roles both within the church and outside of it. My primary roles are to serve my family and the church body. My husband and I have six children, four biological and two adopted. Outside of the ministry of serving my husband and children, we have an international church where we have Hungarians as well as international students from over 20 nations. We love to make disciples of the nations without even leaving our home country! I am passionate about teaching the fullness of Scripture to the ladies in our church, as well as meeting with them for one-on-one discipleship.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I hope to gain valuable skills in leading women’s Bible studies and women’s ministry. I specifically hope to grow in practical skills, as well as personally in how to better lead in my church. I am beyond excited to learn how to raise up women from the more than 20 nations we minister to, to send them back out into their home countries hungry for the Word of God and hungry to love well and make disciples.

What is your leadership role?

As a pastor’s wife in a church plant, my leadership roles have taken many forms over the years. From leading children’s ministries, women’s ministries, or planning church events and outreaches, I have held various leadership hats over the years. Now that our church has grown, and we have been able to raise up a team of leaders around us, I am able to spend more time pouring into individual leaders as well as other women in the church. I continue to lead the women’s ministry, as well as having a leading role in planning many of the church events.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I would love to learn from others about how they have led women, how they have learned to love well, and how they have bridged cultural and language barriers. As a women’s ministry leader, I want to build a community of women who love well and deeply, who are rooted in Christ, and who grow in the knowledge of the Word. My hope is that they then return to their home countries and replicate that in places in desperate need of Jesus.

Rasa Mardosaite|| needs YRM funding ::

Rasa Mardosaite|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Lithuania

Occupation:
Education – Childhood and Adolescent

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

What is your ministry?

I work for a school called Vilnius Christian Gymnasium. It was founded in 1993 by Vilnius Evangelical Church (formerly Word of Faith Church). Vilnius Christian Gymnasium is one of two evangelical Christian schools in Lithuania. Since 2001 our school has been a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). This year we have 200 students and 35 teachers. About 60 percent of students and teachers come from an Evangelical background. Teaching is based on a state-approved education curriculum. We have qualified teachers, small classes, and an individual approach to teaching. As a Christian school, we emphasize the importance of the formation of worldview based on Scripture. Our focus is on both knowledge and Christian character formation.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I have very few people with whom I could share my own doubts and struggles. I can’t be very open in my church home group because some of my students’ parents are there. I see the need for a more mature person to help me to examine my own life. I think the best way to learn to become a better mentor is to be mentored.

What is your leadership role?

I am a Bible teacher and a counselor at a private Christian School in Vilnius. Since our school is one of two evangelical secondary schools in our country and we don’t have a long history of teaching Bible at schools, my job is to develop the Bible teaching curriculum. I am a member of a group that is developing a new Bible teaching curriculum for Evangelical Reformed Schools. My responsibility at school is also to facilitate Christian values and the spiritual growth of teachers, students, and their parents. Every year we have retreats and camps for teachers and students.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

One of the reasons I want to be part of a mentoring relationship is to learn to examine my own life and strive for balanced personal growth. My vision is to see my students become disciples of Jesus who recognize their God-given talents and use them in sharing the gospel with their families, friends, and society.

Philomenah Maina|| needs YRM funding ::

Philomenah Maina|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Kenya

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Discipleship

What is your ministry?

I work with Activate Mission Trust. We make, multiply, and mobilize disciples for global mission. My ministry is to mobilize, equip, and disciple young people in fulfilling their God-given mandate. I am passionate about making disciples and not merely converts. Seeing holistic transformation in the lives of people gives me fulfillment. I am passionate about discipleship and social transformation, whereby discipleship results in changing the culture and civilization to reflect the Kingdom of God. My ministry focus is mobilizing, training, and equipping people to be obedient followers of Jesus Christ.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I hope to learn from other women about their experiences in discipleship because as it is I am not aware of any woman in my context actively involved in discipleship. I hope I will be able to pass on the skills I gain to younger women with whom I work. In Kenya most of the people who come for the trainings we offer are women and I see that as a huge potential for raising disciple makers. I would love to see more women engaged in making disciples.

What is your leadership role?

I facilitate the training offered by Activate Mission Trust. I also conduct needs assessments of what might be beneficial to the staff to grow their capacity for fulfilling their own vision as they find their own unique expression within the organization. I am involved in discipling small groups and overseeing the training and formation of teams from the different discipleship groups that are formed in the three major areas where we work (that is amongst the unreached, university students, and in urban places). I oversee the online mobilization of participants for our online six-week mission mentoring program called READY-2-RUN and a disciple-making program called LEAD that is tailor-made to raise disciple-makers.

Julia Berecz|| needs YRM funding ::

Julia Berecz|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Government/Civil Service

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

What is your ministry?

I work for a charity working in Hungary in youth ministry. Previously, I was involved in student ministry for two and a half years. I was also part of a team responsible for ministry among people above 25. Currently, I am not involved in any other ministry. However, I would like to serve in full-time ministry in one of three areas: in women’s ministry; in creating a platform for Christians in Hungary to discuss questions of our national and global social, political, and professional environment and in the light of the gospel; to create a place for weary Christians and seekers. I am trying to understand which of these directions I should go in and how I might be involved.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I have about one year left in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in my current position. After that my position will probably change. In the meantime, I want to understand what I should do next. I need a mentor to help me in making these decisions and to whom I can stay accountable. I would be grateful to be able to learn from a woman who has experience and who lives in a different context.

What is your leadership role?

I am not in a leadership position within any ministry. At the same time, I work in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary in a middle-level leadership position. I am trying to understand how I can be part of God’s work in the church, but I also want to understand how I can be part of the wider society as a follower of Christ. I am torn about where to go and what to do. I don’t know if I should stay in public administration and look for a meaningful position there, or if I should leave the public sector.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I would like to understand what I should do with the dreams that I believe I have received from God. What are my responsibilities? How should I strive for the realization of my dreams? Or should I accept my limits and simply wait for God to make a way? I would also like to understand how I should continue in my professional life: should I stay in the public sector or leave to the private sector and stay involved in bigger social issues and discussions less directly?

Dalma Adriany|| needs YRM funding ::

Dalma Adriany|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
University Students

What is your ministry?

I work with the campus ministry of Cru in Budapest, Hungary. Our aim is to win students for Christ, help them grow in their faith, and to become disciples who then disciple others. My ministry involves a lot of personal initiation on campuses, organizing outreach events, leading Bible study groups, helping students become leaders, training them to share the gospel with others, and becoming multiplying disciples themselves.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

The Year-Round Mentoring program seems like a great opportunity to learn more about discipleship from women who have walked ahead of me and who have more experience in this field. This is really my passion and I want to use this opportunity to grow. I want to develop a more biblical view of discipleship. I want to learn more about what it means in practice and to be more professional in what I do.

What is your leadership role?

I am not in a leadership position within Cru right now. However, I lead students individually and I lead Bible study groups. Last year I was responsible for organizing our weekly outreach events in Budapest. My responsibility is to help students grow in their faith and help them become leaders who lead other people to Christ. I would like to teach them how to read the Bible, how to initiate spiritual conversations, how to share the gospel, how to lead small groups, and how to pass on their knowledge of God. I also try to help students heal from the emotional wounds of the past.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

This is my third year in campus ministry. It is still not clear to me what my goal should be with my disciples: To help them mature in faith? To help them share the gospel independently? To develop their character? To get to know the Word better? Ideally, it should be all these things. But people’s lives are complicated and there is not a specific set of actions that work for everyone. God is teaching me to let go of control and trust Him, but sometimes I get lost in what I need to do.

Mihail Stefanov|| needs YRM funding ::

Mihail Stefanov|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Bulgaria

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Apologetics

What is your ministry?

I am part of the leadership team of Crossroads Church, Sofia. I serve as an assistant pastor. I oversee several ministries. I preach and teach in our leadership development program. I am responsible for building the teams of the teen, young adult, and worship ministries, as well as mentoring their respective leaders and preparing new leaders. I have also been interested in answering questions about my faith since my high school years. When I was 17, I challenged my biology teacher to a debate about random evolution and design. I then contacted an association of Christian scientists with requests for information and more than 10 people from all over the world, including some prominent scientists, sent me books and materials to prepare. After seeing the books that I received, my teacher never held the debate. Three years ago, I started reading apologetics consistently and God has greatly challenged both my church ministry and my business. I have had opportunities for sharing the faith with the business leaders I work with.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I expect to gain new knowledge and to learn new perspectives on different arguments, authors, and objections to the Christian faith. I also want to connect with other leaders who have strong interests in apologetics, to learn from their challenges and to see how they address the peculiarities of their cultures.

What is your leadership role?

Besides being a pastor, I also have my own consulting company. I advise and teach communication and leadership skills to Bulgarian business leaders. I have a unique (for an evangelical Christian in a post-communist country) access to some of the country’s most prominent business leaders and apologetics has been an important part of my work with them.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am mostly interested in developing an apologetics approach that does not win the argument but wins the person. I am, of course, interested in the arguments themselves, but have recently been trying to learn more about HOW we communicate to different people.

Lenuta Profire|| needs YRM funding ::

Lenuta Profire|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Education- University

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

What is your ministry?

I am a Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Grigore T. Popa” of Iasi, Romania. Since 2016, I am also Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy. I teach and research in the field of Pharmaceutical Chemistry. My research is focused on the development of new pharmaceutical drugs and systems. Together with my research groups (made up of PhD students and researchers), we work in two main domains: 1) Design and physio-chemical characterization and biological evaluation (antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetes effects) of new heterocycle derivatives; and 2) improving the pharmacological and pharmacokinetic profile of the biological active compounds and drugs using biopolymers as delivery systems.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

The Year-Round Mentoring Group for Scientists will be a great opportunity for me to gain knowledge about Christianity from a scientific perspective. I have participated in the Forum’s Scientific Network and would like to further my development with a community of believers who are both Christians and scientists.

What is your leadership role?

I am a professor and university dean. I am member of Romanian Christian Physicians Association and am part of different activities organized by association.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

In the future, I want to be more involved in the activities organized by the Romanian Christian Physicians Association and I plan to invite national and international Christian scientific leaders to talk about the relationship between science and Christianity.

Eric Richter|| needs YRM funding ::

Eric Richter|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

What is your ministry?

My current position could be defined as a pastor in training. The current pastor of our church is around 65, and in the next three or four years he is going to retire. My church and my denomination (FIEIDE) support me financially so I can study for a theology degree and do ministry in the church. It is not clear if I will be the next pastor of the church. I could also end up in another church in the same denomination. Within the church, I am part of the pastoral team and a member of the administrative board. I preach and do personal discipleship.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I expect to learn from experienced pastors to deal with the usual challenges that a new pastor faces, including personal spiritual growth and conforming to the image of Jesus, a healthy balance between family and ministry, growing in my love for church members (especially the difficult ones), developing a God-centered vision for the church, learning to plan for the long-term, and designing a plan to form healthy and mature leaders.

What is your leadership role?

I am a pastor and a theology student. I am also part of a support group for a church in our denomination that has no pastor. I am one of five pastors who take care of the preaching and other pastoral matters for this church.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

My main challenges right now are my relationship with the current pastor and the lack of mature leaders in the church. Regarding the pastor and I, we used to have a good relationship, but as the years have passed, we see that we have different styles of leadership and fundamental theological differences. We still maintain a cordial relationship, but it is awkward for both of us to spend time together and speak about something meaningful. We care for each other and work together, but I know that things would better if we learned to work out our differences. I also need to learn to work with people with whom I disagree and put into practice a combination of grace and truth.

Peter Pristiak|| needs YRM funding ::

Peter Pristiak|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

What is your ministry?

I am the pastor of a small city Brethren (Free Evangelical) church in East Slovakia. This is my third pastoral placement, so I am just starting out, having come here in December of 2020. The church consists of people of all generations. There are quite a lot of single adults, so we do not have many children. The church went through a crisis of leadership prior to my arrival, as the pastor and elders did not understand one another. There is a new group of elders who are quite young – all of them are in their 30s. The church needs to experience deep forgiveness, acceptance, and a fresh start.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I need to have people in my life who can speak honestly and hold me accountable. I hope that the Year-Round Mentoring can be a place for this. Sometimes this kind of networking can be a valuable source of refreshment and community. I am willing to listen to others and through this listening, I hope to understand what the Lord wants me to do. I also see some challenges and weaknesses in my character, temperament, and behavior; I hope that this fellowship will cast a light on my life.

What is your leadership role?

I am a pastor in East Slovakia.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

My task is to build bridges among members of church because of some divisions that took place in recent years. This division was not caused by differences in theology, but by different views of how the church should be organized and led. I need to be sincere and truthful when talking with people, as we need to clarify what we need to put to order. Another task is to help the young elders to become good leaders. I am also trying to prepare some men for preaching ministry.

Michal Bares|| needs YRM funding ::

Michal Bares|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Czech Republic

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Church Planting

What is your ministry?

My ministry is to plant disciple-multiplying churches in the city of Pardubice, and to help people to know God and grow to maturity in Christ.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to grow in my leadership role, leading the team and developing the team, as well as fundraising.

What is your leadership role?

I am leader of the team for church planting in Pardubice City and the National coordinator for the evangelistic course MyLife Workshop in the Czech Republic.

Konstantinos Trigkas|| needs YRM funding ::

Konstantinos Trigkas|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Greece

Occupation:
Health/Medicine

Ministry Focus:
Humanitarian Aid

What is your ministry?

My main work outside the church is being the lead dentist for Hellenic Ministries, a Greek missionary organization. Together with other dentists, I treat many refugees and immigrants while trying to show Christ to them. Within the church context, I have been appointed as the leader my church’s youth group and Bible study. I also have the chance to preach in different small churches in and out of Athens.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to grow personally in time-management, finding a better balance between family and ministry, especially as I am going to be a father soon. On the other hand, I would like to be more strategic in my actions as I realise my time in this earth is limited. Team-building, disciple-making and perhaps accountability are some other areas where I need to grow as well.

What is your leadership role?

In my church context, I am an elder, I co-lead the youth group and occasionally teach or preach at the church. For the last 3 years I have been the youngest board member in the executive committee of my network of churches and in Hellenic Ministries, a missionary organization with which I work with, I have just been promoted to be the medical coordinator due to my background in the medical field.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I love my people. I want serve them and above all see them come to Christ.

Gelu Paul|| needs YRM funding ::

Gelu Paul|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

What is your ministry?

In late 1999, together with several evangelical leaders, I launched Fundatia Estera, a Crisis Pregnancy Center, where I still serve as president. In 1998, together with five other Baptist leaders, I launched Vox Domini Baptist Church, where I served as the senior pastor until January 2019. I am now the coordinating pastor of Missio Dei Church, a relatively new church plant launched in 2019. In early 2000, together with 21 evangelical leaders, I helped start the BIG Impact Foundation, a leadership development ministry committed to creating educational experiences for evangelical leadership development in Romania and beyond. Ever since we launched this ministry, I have served as the strategic coordinator.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to interact with experienced leaders so I can learn from their experience, be exposed to both new and old ideas, and access various kinds of resources. I hope to develop new skills and to identify and unlearn practices that are not healthy. Further, I am interested in accessing various types of resources such as books, articles, networks, and training events. I would also be interested in developing strategic partnerships with leaders to invest and work together in Romania and the former Eastern European block in such areas as church leadership, church planting, and church consultation.

What is your leadership role?

I served as the pastor of Vox Domini Baptist church for 19 years and am now the pastor of a new church plant. I also lead a crisis pregnancy center and a leadership development ministry.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I would like to grow in my knowledge of leadership development, mentoring leaders, and leadership transitions.

Nick Lica|| needs YRM funding ::

Nick Lica|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Czech Republic

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

What is your ministry?

I am the pastor of a Baptist church in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, a city of about 50,000 people. This is the second church I have pastored. I have now been the pastor here for 10 years. I was at my previous church for 11 years. I am responsible for preaching twice a week, leading worship, pastoral care, and other such tasks.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

My passion for ministry is church revitalization. Our church has 38 members, most of whom are older people. We have hit a plateau and we need to change to grow. I need help in how to implement this change, step by step. I need assistance, advice, encouragement, and mentoring. I have so many questions about what to do next: How do we bring health to the church? How do we do mission and evangelism and discipleship? How do I lead the church in growing in harmony, unity, love, and willingness to serve? How do I stay fresh in ministry? How do I keep joy in doing ministry? How do I improve my daily Bible reading and prayer time? How do I avoid burnout? How do I implement new habits that will refresh me physically, recharge me emotionally, and renew me spiritually?

What is your leadership role?

I am the pastor of a church in a city of 50,000 in western Czech Republic.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

My vision is to lead our church through the process of revitalization and change. Our church is dealing with a lot of internal criticism, stagnation, and conflict between two different groups of people.

Vladimir Cizmanski|| YRM funded ::

Vladimir Cizmanski|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Montenegro

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

What is your ministry?

I pastor a small church in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro. The church is slowly growing and there are challenges that need to be addressed and met. I came from Serbia 30 years ago to be a missionary in Montenegro where there were not any evangelical churches at that time. I started with no connections. It was a challenge to start a home group but by God’s grace it happened after a few years of sharing the Gospel with open-minded people who were searching for the truth. It took time to grow the home group and to start public meetings. Now there is a group of nearly 40 local people in the church and I believe we can grow further. I am one of three elders in the church, trying to take it to next level of fellowship and ministry.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to gain a clearer perspective for the future regarding how to achieve the goals that are set for the church. I would like to work on myself, to become a better leader who can help less experienced people who are just starting to walk with Jesus. I need to work on my organizational skills so that am more focused to the most important matters. I would like to have a mentor who can see where I am and openly speak about my failures and encourage me to do what needs to be done.

What is your leadership role?

I am one of the elders and pastors of a small church in Montenegro.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Because the church where I serve is small and without a history of evangelical heritage, I need to help people to understand the purpose of the church on Earth. I want for our church to have a DNA of strong community with each other, to be a mission-oriented church, to be able to plant new house groups in different cities in Montenegro, and to help shepherd this growth. All evangelicals in Montenegro are first generation born-again Christians. Most of them are now family, so people have little free time due to their businesses. They love the Lord but there is a need to have those from the younger generation who are not as busy.

Alena Yasiuk|| needs YRM funding ::

Alena Yasiuk|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Belarus

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
University Students

What is your ministry?

I currently hold the position of development officer at International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Belarus. Our mission is to reach the students in every university across the country to share the gospel with them. We also equip Christian students to serve and share the good news with their friends. This year IFES is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Belarus. In these years, the ministry has touched the lives of thousands of students. Many of the former IFES students, volunteers, and staff members have become full time ministers at their local churches or even started church plants (my pastor included). We also target international students, many of them coming from predominately Muslim or Hindu countries. Studying in Belarus is one of the few opportunities for them to learn about the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I hope to gain wisdom from fellow colleagues, become more confident in my ministry, and expand my professional network.

What is your leadership role?

My primary responsibilities are keeping in touch with IFES partners and donors and raising funds for staff and our current projects. I am also in charge of the budget and solving any financial issues our ministry is experiencing. My job is to encourage and help staff members to raise financial support for themselves as well. I am also responsible for expanding the network of our partners in and out of country. Basically, I am a go-to person for all things finance and networking.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

My biggest priority in my ministry is developing the network of partners and donors in the country. Unfortunately, most ministries and churches in Eastern Europe rely on financial support from first-world countries. We are grateful for the generous gifts of our brothers and sisters from better economic backgrounds; however, this situation is highly unsustainable. I strongly believe it is more beneficial for both Christian organizations and the church to have the ministry funded locally. I am trying to start a culture shift in this area.

Robin Mathew|| needs YRM funding ::

Robin Mathew|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
India

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
University Students

What is your ministry?

I am involved in a ministry among university students called Union of Evangelical Students of India (UESI). I am a staff worker for this ministry in the city of Mumbai. The ministry reaches out to university students with the hope that they experience life transformation through Christ and impact their campus, church, and community. We focus on areas of evangelism, discipleship, and leadership development. We engage these focus areas through Bible studies, counseling, and mentoring. The ministry prepares students to engage in intentional faith-based conversations and discussions with their friends from other faiths.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

From YRM, I expect to gain new insights and perspectives on organizational development. I have never had any formal training on organizational development, so I am open to the insights shared. I expect the ideas and principles will be practical and I will be able to apply them in my organization.

What is your leadership role?

I am the only staff member responsible for student ministry in the entire city of Mumbai, a city of more than 12 million people. My role involves creation of short-term and long-term plans for the city ministry, identifying individuals who can lead different branches of the ministry, grooming the next line of leadership, and to aligning plans and activities in accordance with the vision of the ministry. I provide pastoral care to the members of the ministry. I mentor students on a one-on-one basis and have created a group of mature believers who can mentor other students as well. I have pioneered the outdoor camping ministry in my city, and I lead small group camping, hiking, kayaking, and canoeing trips.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Leading a university student movement in a cosmopolitan city like Mumbai is thrilling yet challenging. The urban culture trends change rapidly, owing to technological advancements as well as due to the presence of a multi-cultural population. I, therefore, feel the need to equip myself to create a strategic plan that incorporates the city culture and its dynamics as well as the student worldview.

Lungfa Maikarfi|| needs YRM funding ::

Lungfa Maikarfi|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Nigeria

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

What is your ministry?

I began my work life as a missionary who lives by faith through the generous support of family, friends, and partners. Fundraising and development, though a vital part of our ministry engagements, became a critical challenge that needed to be addressed. Therefore, in 2016, as a family we registered a business called “Know Travels & Services” to provide travel services, which included air ticket booking, online reservations and bookings for accommodation and travel, and assisting with travel documents. We also provide broadcast services to air programs, consulting, and other general services to our clients. We have successfully featured a nationwide Good Friday television broadcast on three stations in Nigeria. We are currently working towards airing this year’s Good Friday broadcast on three TV stations and working on adding more as the Lord favors us. In addition, we provide humanitarian services for displaced person’s due to the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. We consult and advocate for micro-enterprises for women to enable them to provide for their families.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I desire to receive godly wisdom to do business with kingdom ideals; business development skills; best practices in business planning, process, and execution; help integrating my faith and work in business; and successful habits to inculcate in doing business in every sphere.

What is your leadership role?

I am the country coordinator of the Lausanne Movement’s Younger Leaders Generation (YLGen) Nigeria. I coordinate the affairs of YLGen in Nigeria and represent Nigeria in the Lausanne YLGen. We organize and host programs that will help youth to strategically connect with mentors and serve the kingdom in their respectively spheres of influence.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I want to develop business skills. I want to learn to prioritize. I want to become better at time management and at balancing family life and business.

Jana Mackova|| needs YRM funding ::

Jana Mackova|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Czech Republic

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

What is your ministry?

My ministry has always been connected to stewardship, organizational matters, or project development and management for organizations. I was the CEO of the European Training Center, an NGO founded by the YMCA. I served as an elder in my church, where I organized events and held financial responsibilities. I started as a missionary among students, where I worked with youth on the local and national level. When I started to work as a Christian minister, I graduated with an M.A. in practical theology from TCMI Institute. Afterward I was hired by the European YMCA to start and operate the European Training Center, which I did for 16 years. I also manage a ministry in Bihar, India, where the Czech church built a school and support mission. I serve as a member of the supervisory board for a Christian school called Noah in Czech Republic.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to be inspired by the mentors, but also by the participants. I want to learn new perspectives on organizational development. I would also like to combine organizational skills with personal growth and spiritual commitment. I hope for inspiration and encouragement that will bring blessings to my colleagues and the entire Czech Evangelical Alliance. I hope to gain skills that will help me be a better support to the CEA leadership, a useful member of the team.

What is your leadership role?

I currently work as the Chief Operating Officer of the Czech Evangelical Alliance (CEA). My job is to set up organizational and financial systems and implement tools to help our ministry be smart and seamless. I prepare annual budgets, plan events, and communicate with donors, friends of CEA, CEA members, Czech churches, and so forth. I work closely with the CEA General Secretary to develop and implement an evolving plan to achieve our goals and run projects. In my service project in India, I am ready and supported by CEA to spend one month in a year in India by serving in a school.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I would like to improve my care for donors. I would like to learn to better plan and manage the growth of my organization.

Kumah Doe|| needs YRM funding ::

Kumah Doe|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Ghana

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

What is your ministry?

The name of my ministry is the Great Commission Movement of Ghana. It is better known as Cru in the United States or Agape in Europe. Our ministry is involved in evangelism and discipleship using four different strategies to accomplish our mission: campus ministries; church resource ministries; leader impact ministries to reach top leaders in society; and digital strategies with a focus on doing ministry with technology. I serve as the national director of our ministry in Ghana, shepherding the staff to do evangelism, discipleship, church planting, and the training of church leaders in these areas.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

Through the Year-Round Mentoring program, I hope to become more effective in fundraising and to help others become more effective in this area. I hope to learn the principles and practices of organizational development and how these principles differ across cultures. I hope to learn how to build relationships with possible partners and stakeholders inside and outside the body of Christ.

What is your leadership role?

As the national director of our organization, I do many things including giving spiritual leadership to the organization, overseeing strategic leadership with its related planning, ensuring supervisory leadership, practicing team leadership, creating a culture of leadership development, leading in fundraising and development, and maintaining good public relations to represent the ministry. I coach the leaders responsible for various ministry areas to enable them to be effective in their roles. I also help to provide leaders with access to our digital strategies in our ministry across West Africa.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I want to better develop my skills in fundraising, relationship building, and public relations.

Andrea Aresca|| needs YRM funding ::

Andrea Aresca|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Italy

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

What is your ministry?

I work as a freelance management consultant, mainly in the areas of organization, processes, and people development. I work mainly with small and medium-sized enterprises, but one of my larger clients is a Christian non-profit, where I have been involved in staff training, personal organization, and time management, and consulting the directors on organizational structure. I volunteer as a board member of the Italian branch of Ethnos 360 mission (formerly New Tribes Mission). I also preach in my local church, as well as in other churches. I have been teaching in Christian conferences on the topic of time management.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I expect to deepen my understanding of the specific organizational dynamics and challenges of non-profit organizations. I expect to improve my skills in fundraising and relationship development. I expect to gain practical principles I can apply both in working with clients and as a board member of Ethnos 360. I would also like to understand if consulting for Christian non-profits can have a major role in my work or if it might even be my calling from God.

What is your leadership role?

As a board member of Ethnos 360 Italy, I have been involved in all major decisions so far: banking, insurance, missionary management, and the organization’s relationship with churches. My main contribution is leading the redefinition of our mission and vision as a local entity and developing our strategy and organization. After this stage, I have been asked by the national director to assume the role of project manager, to coordinate and monitor all the initiatives of the mission and their alignment with overall goals and objectives.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am interested in organizational development since it is a main focus of my job. I would like to use my skills and expertise to help non-profit organizations. At Ethnos 360, the main challenge we face is fundraising. The mission has been operating in Italy for more than 10 years but there has not been significant growth or the creation of a strong base of relationships.

Josue Alanis|| needs YRM funding ::

Josue Alanis|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Mexico

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

What is your ministry?

I work for MoveIn. We mobilize the church to live among the unreached, urban poor. We are a tentmaking movement. We have been living and working in Latin America for five years. We move in and live in the neighborhood, becoming a part of it so that we can share the gospel in a relational way. As we live in the community, we respond to the reality in a way we can build together with the community. MoveIn is an incarnational ministry with a presence in more than 15 countries across the world. My wife and I live in a poor neighborhood in Mexico City and lead the MoveIn movement in Latin America.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to have mentors who can walk with me in this process as we are developing the ministry. I want to learn from others and create a plan for the development of the organization. As part of the goals of the ministry this year, we want to focus on building a healthy leadership team in the region. My focus is to develop the administrative area, so I believe the Year-Round Mentoring program will help me create and execute a plan for that. As the staff is growing, we need to clarify areas of responsibility.

What is your leadership role?

I am the regional director for the MoveIn movement in Latin America. We have nine teams in six countries all living in poor neighborhoods. I lead a team of five staff spread throughout Latin America: two in Brazil and three in Mexico. My role is to give leadership to the movement and to build relationships with ministries and churches to work together for the Kingdom. We want to start new teams in new countries and equip the new leaders in each new country. I am also developing the administrative side of the ministry so we can facilitate work with the staff. A big part of my role is to fundraise for the movement.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

As we grow as a ministry, we need to set up a good foundation for the road ahead. We are increasing the number of staff so that our administrative work can develop.

Sergey Marchuk|| needs YRM funding ::

Sergey Marchuk|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Education – Childhood and Adolescent

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

What is your ministry?

Aletheia Christian School was founded in 2017 following a new opportunity in our country. In 2015, Ukraine adopted a law allowing churches to legally establish Christian schools within their organization. We started our school with seven first graders and they met in our church building. Our church was the founder of the school. The school was called “Alethea” (αλήθεια), which in Greek means “Truth.” We want children to know the Truth, that is, Jesus Christ. The school has grown enough that it no longer fits in the church building. Now we have 51 students—70% of them are from Christian families and 30% from non-Christian families. We have 9 teachers plus administration and technical staff. Since the 2019 school year, we have been renting an additional building where we can accommodate two more classes.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I expect that the Year-Round Mentoring program will help me to become a leader of impact for the glory of God. I hope this YRM program will help me to strengthen my weaknesses in leadership. I want to learn more about how I can think strategically and apply these principles in my work. I believe that YRM can help me not only learn new principles but also help me with their practical application.

What is your leadership role?

I was the founder of the school on behalf of the church. I used to be a children’s minister. I have no experience in management or administrating a school. Therefore, I use every opportunity to improve my knowledge. Now I am the principal of the school. I manage the direction of the school, educational strategy, staff management, recruitment, and development, and support initiatives to improve the education system.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Despite all the progress made, Ukraine still has a long way to meet the global standards in education, economic development, and sustainability. I want to develop the ability to set the right priorities in my work. I want to learn more to develop the staff.

Peter Aloro|| needs YRM funding ::

Peter Aloro|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Uganda

Occupation:
Business

Ministry Focus:
Evangelism

What is your ministry?

I run a restaurant business in Koboko which my wife and I started in 2018 as a mission. Our mission field is to serve Christ through catering with business as a mission as our perspective. We believe in family, spiritual development, and serving through our business and catering events. We supply food to local government programs and NGO training events. Additionally, as part of our ministry concept, we give out Bible reading materials, audio messages, and conduct weekly staff fellowships for spiritual empowerment.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I expect to develop connections and receive mentorship. I am also looking for help in how to find Christian investors who will stand with me. I want to further develop our catering concepts and to invest in the hotel and tourism sector with a deep understanding of what it means to be on mission for God through the business sector across Uganda, South Sudan, and Congo.

What is your leadership role?

I am the managing director for our business. I connect partners with our vision. I am engaged in the mission and in the spiritual activities of the company, including leading staff fellowships, counseling, and mission-related activities within the community around us. We train deaf teenagers and single mothers to work in our business. In addition, I am missionary working among the refugees through Scripture Union in South Sudan and with Agape International in Uganda. I plan and organize youth conferences every year. We provide our facilities for conducting meetings and trainings for youth leaders.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

The greatest challenge I face is that 90% of our guests do not understand the concept of running a business as mission. As a result, my sales are lower, and I sometimes take losses due to limited guests or customers. I would like to be more effective in developing management skills, in fundraising, and in improving our marketing.

Esther Chengo|| needs YRM funding ::

Esther Chengo|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Kenya

Occupation:
Media/Communication

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

What is your ministry?

I work for African Enterprise International (AEI). Our organization seeks to evangelize the cities of Africa through word and deed in partnership with the church. AEI has a presence in 11 countries across the continent.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I aspire to grow in the areas of fundraising communications, impact assessment of messaging, and mentoring and building the capacity of my team members. In addition to this, I desire to further my knowledge of strategic communications and organizational preparedness for crisis communications. I look forward to being equipped through the Year-Round Mentoring program to be more effective in my communication and in marketing efforts geared toward evangelizing African cities.

What is your leadership role?

I am currently working as the Communications Manager for AEI. My role is to support our engagements with internal and external audiences through providing new and managing existing communication channels. I develop communication strategies to ensure that AEI effectively connects with its audiences. Part of my responsibilities include managing the AEI brand, and offering direct oversight to the publications that the organization produces, including mission reports and partnership communication, among others. I also engage in content creation for the various AEI social and print media while offering oversight, capacity building, and mentorship to the communication officers across the partnership.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

There are various aspects of marketing communication that become challenging to address, especially due to the various stakeholders in our organization. Such challenges include brand enforcement; having an engaging online presence for each of the country teams; navigating cross-cultural communications; maintaining international marketing communications, without overstepping into the country-specific marketing communications; maintaining the voice of an organization that has been in existence for half a century, while keeping it relevant to the current audience; adapting teams to fundraising communications.

Hristian Staykov|| needs YRM funding ::

Hristian Staykov|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Bulgaria

Occupation:
Health/Medicine

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

What is your ministry?

I am a medical doctor and an assistant professor at the Medical University of Sofia.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to develop the skills needed to organize the most effective and efficient events and to overcome any challenges. I want to develop a professional, evidence-based approach to event planning, with a particular emphasis on: defining and algorithmizing the most appropriate steps needed to be taken in complex event planning situations; creating an event structure, ideally with a hierarchy that would prioritize between different event aspects; anticipating and preventing problems that may arise at different times during an event; creating a well-structured and effective participant follow-up strategy after a big event without being overwhelmed.

What is your leadership role?

I am currently part of the leadership team of the Bulgarian branch of the International Christian Medical and Dental Association (ICMDA). I am currently in a leadership position regarding PRIME International (an international network of Christian professional healthcare educators) initiatives in Bulgaria. I am in a leadership position in my church regarding medical matters. As part of my teaching responsibilities at the Medical University of Sofia, every week I organize and lead educational seminars for students of medicine and dental medicine. I have been doing so for around two years now. As part of my research responsibilities at the Medical University of Sofia, and in the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, I often take part in leadership teams and provide research leadership, where needed.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

As part of my leadership roles in ICMDA, PRIME, teaching, and research, it is advisable or required that I (alone or with a team) organize and lead different Christian or secular events. I also have the long-term goal of organizing a Christian apologetics event. Despite my previous experience, I still feel anxious about many aspects of event planning.

David Oliver|| needs YRM funding ::

David Oliver|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

What is your ministry?

Twenty years ago, I was invited to help Cru ministries in innovation, starting a journey across Europe and then worldwide to help others developing leadership and innovation. Fifteen years ago, I was invited to an Alpha conference in London and the next month start helping Alpha International in the areas of innovation and media. Ten years ago, I was invited to help replant the church in which I was member, and six years ago I accepted the invitation to be the senior pastor of the church.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

In my current ministry context, 40 to 60% people come from a Catholic background. We need to know how to present the gospel more effectively in this context. We need good biblical answers to issues related to Mariology and idolatry.

What is your leadership role?

I am the Senior Pastor at EPV Church in Sant Cugat del Valles. I am the Spain National Director for Freedom in Christ Ministries and president of Catalonia’s Pastors Association AMEC. I also serve on the boards of different Christian organizations. I am an advisor to Cru Global Church Movements.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

In the different ministries in which I serve, we usually are in contact with people from a Roman Catholic background. Even though we have some shared beliefs, we have difficulties dealing with the authority of the Bible, sacraments, and other such matters. In other cases, rectors approach us to get training to use our materials in their own context and they try to modify or introduce variations to conform to their own doctrine.

Emmanuel Yirebi|| needs YRM funding ::

Emmanuel Yirebi|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Ghana

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Discipleship

What is your ministry?

I am a young minister who pastors a church with a membership of about 500 people, most of whom are young men and women who are being mentored into leadership. My ministry is about bringing out the best in people by helping them know they are capable because of Christ.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I need help with vision casting and curriculum development. I need practical ways for raising up disciples and disciple-making leaders. I want to grow to be a more mature disciple of the Lord Jesus who is also raising other disciple-making leaders.

What is your leadership role?

I am also a workplace chaplain serving about 12 subsidiaries under the Tobinco group of companies. I have raised a team of coordinators who help at the various subsidiaries with chaplaincy work. I hold trainings for these people from time to time to equip them in the work of chaplaincy. I provide pastoral care to management workers of the group. As such, many of these workers come to me for counsel and prayer. Some of these encounters restore hope in those who are discouraged, put back on track those who are almost backslidden in their Christian walk, and motivate those who are determined to make great impact in their places of work.

Adrian Totan|| needs YRM funding ::

Adrian Totan|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Discipleship

What is your ministry?

I was part of the initial core leadership team of Vox Domini Baptist Church. We designed the church to be a community of practicing disciples. Since 1998, the church has grown significantly from 31 members to more than 400 with a large group of participants and students as regular attendees. We began multiple services before we ultimately created two sites. In 2010 we built a new facility and launched the second site of the church focused on young couples. I am currently leading this second site. In January of 2015 we opened a third site focused on religious college students, while the first site is still maintaining its initial intention to reach lay college students.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to learn how to adapt my style of teaching and training to the variety of interests and needs of my disciples. I want to learn to motivate others and to cast vision.

What is your leadership role?

Besides my involvement in the local church and student ministry I am a member of the national churches network called B.I.G. – Impact (Churches with Global Impact) and I am teaching in the informal pastoral training program, ATS (Advanced Training Studies) for educated, qualified, and involved pastors and leaders to increase their efficiency and impact. I also studied in ATS for three years and graduated in 2006. Since 1999 I am involved with Esther Foundation, a crisis pregnancy center, and in an educational program for high school students regarding sexuality. I was part of the team that created the curriculum for the sexuality education course; I am a trainer for teaching the course to professors and I am also teaching in public high schools.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I have a small discipleship group of four college students. I also a lead a small group of families and singles, around 15 people, as a home church ministry. It is a joy to see some of my disciples growing, becoming disciples-makers and leaders serving in church or at their jobs.

Samuel Mitrofan|| needs YRM funding ::

Samuel Mitrofan|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Discipleship

What is your ministry?

We are working with our national team in different parts of Romania. Our purpose is to have a ministry that trains people in how to share their faith in Christ and how to bring people from unbelief to belief. We utilize a variety of components including prayer, actual on-the-job training where the experienced lead the inexperienced, and the principle of spiritual multiplication.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to see the “grandchildren” in discipleship. The first generation to become disciples goes quite well, but in the second generation we see a big decrease and we try to find new ways for how to give the baton to trustworthy people eager and well equipped to pass the baton of discipleship to others. I need help vision casting for long-term impact.

What is your leadership role?

I am the chairman of the board of Evangelism Explosion Romania. I am vice president for a Romanian federation that helps people affected by disabilities.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

“Multiplication” is the key component, not just winning people to the Lord one-by-one (addition), but training those won to the Lord to win, and then train, others. In the Book of Acts, we read that the disciples “multiplied” and “multiplied exceedingly.” This shift from addition to spiritual multiplication offers the one real hope of sharing the Gospel with a world population that is itself continually multiplying. By going out with the disciples in real life and witnessing situations, people learn how to share their faith and how to disciple others. I was in a disciple maker training started in 1986 and since then I have tried to be involved continuously in this process.

Marian Kanuch|| needs YRM funding ::

Marian Kanuch|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Slovakia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

What is your ministry?

I am serving the body of Christ as a pastor in a Lutheran congregation in Zilina, Slovakia. I have been serving with my wife for 12 years. In our congregation we have four pastors. In our congregation we also have a good group of volunteers and two full time staff: a youth leader and an office administrator. I also serve as a regional leader. I oversee 22 local congregations. I lead local pastors, visit churches, provide pastoral care for pastors, and so on.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

The Year-Round Mentoring program is a great opportunity. I will have the chance to learn from people around me, to listen to how others are trying to revitalize churches, to hear where they are struggling and moving forward, and how they are managing obstacles and challenges. Spending time with other leaders is also very helpful. It will be a place for accountability and for learning from people from different backgrounds who are in different contexts.

What is your leadership role?

I am a pastor in a local congregation and a regional leader. I am focusing on church revitalization in both contexts. Our local congregation has 2,000 members. Many of them are nominal Christians, but it is an active church. The core of the church is healthy and open for fresh renewing. Our local church is pioneering in some things for the current Lutheran context in Slovakia. We are renewing worship services, using media, focusing on discipleship and small groups, and so on. I have also started discussions with 22 local pastors about church revitalization. I can facilitate this discussion because of my leadership role.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

The church in Europe needs to be revitalized. The last year has been challenging with COVID-19. But it was a helpful year in that it moved churches to make some changes. We need to talk more seriously about church in a post COVID era. We have already started the revitalization process in our local church. We have taken some small steps and we are moving forward. COVID has been on the one hand challenging, but on the other hand helpful for revitalization.

Slavko Jovanovski|| needs YRM funding ::

Slavko Jovanovski|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
North Macedonia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

What is your ministry?

I work with an NGO. We seek to invest in people, reach them for Christ, and disciple them. We have been doing this through various sports activities, camps, and fitness programs. We do weekly Bible studies with young people and share life throughout the week. We are very closely connected with our local church and do almost everything in partnership. For many years now I have also been involved with the worldwide movement of sport ministries, serving in various ways, currently as a part of the Health and Fitness facilitation team of the European Christian Sports Union.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I expect to grow in my understanding of what the church really is about and how it should function as a body of believers with the best of its God-given capacity. I also expect to learn practical things that I can apply to my local church, and potentially to other churches as well. I expect to connect with other followers of Christ and eventually support each other mutually in the task of making our churches flourish and thrive.

What is your leadership role?

At work I am given the freedom to create and be proactive in implementing ideas about reaching and discipling the people we serve. I have been involved in the lives of more than 50 young orphans and former orphans, actively sharing life and teaching them about life and God. At church I have been part of the leadership board for more than six years now. I am responsible for the church facility, most of the administration, organization of events and Sunday gatherings, teaching the kids, facilitating the worship team, and some teaching and preaching.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I serve in my church as a deacon and, as I am studying theology, would like to be involved more with teaching and preaching in the future. The church is on my heart because Christ founded it and I want to see it flourish. A sister church that our church planted more than 15 years ago is now on the edge of decay.

Vladimir Gorbenko|| needs YRM funding ::

Vladimir Gorbenko|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

What is your ministry?

I live and serve in Zaporozhye, Ukraine. Zaporozhye is one of the three industrial centers in Ukraine with population of about 800,000. I serve as a senior pastor of a local city church that was started as a “college church” in 2002. I was part of the team of three other ministers that started this church within a Ukrainian Baptist Union denomination. I was a youth minister and then was asked to become a pastor in 2007. Today we are a church of 170 church members and about 200 people in weekly attendance. We purchased an old warehouse and renovated it into a church building.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I am hoping to grow to understand the process of church revitalization in a community of like-minded people. I would like to develop a program of church revitalization that would be relevant for churches in Eastern Europe. I am interested in developing the picture of a healthy church and working through critical issues of church revitalization and the process of leading a church through change.

What is your leadership role?

I serve as a senior pastor of Christ the Savior Baptist Church in Zaporozhye, Ukraine. I also work full time as an Academic Dean of Zaporozhye Bible Seminary. The seminary was started in 1994 by GEM missionaries and now has several bachelor and masters level programs. We have programs for full-time studies and extension programs. I also teach courses within the area of Biblical Studies, Hermeneutics, and some courses within Practical Theology. Being a senior pastor helps me to be more attentive to the needs of a local church, so even though I feel like I am sitting in two chairs, I also see benefits and am grateful for the church family and the team of ministers that support my role.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I sense a growing need for church revitalization in Ukraine and would like to be involved in mentoring existing and future leaders in this process. I would like to develop a church revitalization program that a church leadership team could use to become a healthier church.

Nixon Echavez|| needs YRM funding ::

Nixon Echavez|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Philippines

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

What is your ministry?

My ministry allows me to serve on national, continental, and global levels. As an Executive Member of the TOPIC (Pastoral Training and Church Health) Commission of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC), I serve thousands of leaders under PCEC, which oversees at least 40,000 churches and 250 para-church organizations. As Europe Director for GlobalLead, I serve various ministry leaders, particularly in youth ministries, local churches, and denominational groups. As a mentor for the Lausanne Movement’s Young Leader Generation Network, I have the privilege of speaking into younger leaders’ lives and assisting them in their growth journey.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

Through the Forum’s Year-Round Mentoring program, I expect to grow in church revitalization to be in a better position to help churches in Europe and in other places, especially those experiencing plateau or decline, to bring conversion growth in the church and spiritual growth of the members. I also hope to develop connections with other ministry leaders who have the same passion for spiritual accountability and future ministry collaborations.

What is your leadership role?

I was appointed last July to be Europe Director for GlobalLead, a ministry that has trained more than 25,000 leaders in over 50 countries. We serve those in ministry through training and mentorship to position Christian leaders for multiplication. All our programs are developed based on Christ’s life and ministry to ensure that the principles we teach are transferable to any location and ministry context. We intend to minister to the heart and enhance the skills of Christian leaders globally. I currently work with volunteers in Europe who are graduates of GlobalLead programs. Once the entire family is vaccinated and travel is possible, we hope to relocate to Europe to continue our ministry.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Church revitalizers must have: a willingness to have longevity; relational patience; leadership muscle; spiritual awareness; and organizational ability. I would like to develop all these skills, particularly the first two.

Vlada Stojanovic|| needs YRM funding ::

Vlada Stojanovic|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Serbia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

What is your ministry?

My ministry is focused on bringing the gospel to the southern area of Serbia and the surrounding region by planting churches and supporting already existing churches. My heart is to see multi-ethnic churches raised up in the region. So far in Serbia there are either Roma or Serbian churches, but they do not mix. When these two come together in an inclusive way, it will be a wonderful picture of the freedom of the gospel, and we will see a much greater harvest. Also, since the people in our church are first generation Christians (except for our children), it is very important for us to teach them the basics of how to live out their faith and be exemplary in the community. Another area of my ministry is to equip Western churches to better understand cultural aspects of building the church.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to receive wisdom from mature leaders as they look from the outside at our situation and see possibilities for potential growth and improvement. In addition, this is an opportunity for a group of people to challenge and support each other and spur one another on. It will be good to be able to meet with people in similar situations and learn from each other. I also want to grow in my own walk with God in a personal way.

What is your leadership role?

My current role is overseeing our team at Good News Church and preaching and teaching within the church and our regional setting. I am also involved in supporting and strengthening Roma churches across the region. I spend time regularly with Roma leaders, praying, discussing, guiding, and simply being friends together. This sometimes involves practical help; for example, receiving food aid through the winter of 2020-21 meant that I had to help church leaders open bank accounts for their churches, fill out appropriate paperwork, and so on. Because we are a small church, I do not have the luxury of just focusing on preaching and teaching. I am also involved in the practical elements of local church life.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I want to grow in my effectiveness as a leader.

Favour Ojiemudia|| needs YRM funding ::

Favour Ojiemudia|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Lithuania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

What is your ministry?

I am the pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Lithuania. I also help oversee the Banner of Love Church in Kaunas, the Beloved House in Vilnius, and Beloved Church in Klaipedia. We sustain and support the spiritual growth and practical welfare of the church members through the word of God and weekend services. I am also the founder and president of “Beconnect,” an NGO that aims to serve vulnerable social groups and immigrants, and “Pathway Academy,” an international discipleship training program that is dedicated to raising up passionate followers of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

My current vision as a senior pastor is to build a network of churches. I am looking forward to exploring biblical principles and practices for local church life, leadership, and church planting. I want to have a renewal in my heart and spend more quality time with God. I want to be more consistent in sermon delivery. I want to understand pastoral mentoring and counseling and to be able to give godly counseling. I want to reach the younger generation. I want to gain strength in how to deal with discouragement.

What is your leadership role?

I am a senior pastor responsible for leading four associate pastors and ministers in sustaining the churches spiritual and mental health by the Sord of God. I teach and preach the Word, make disciples, identify and assess potential leaders, create systems for personal growth in existing leaders, and help meet the needs of the people. By the grace of God through communication and teaching, I am helping raise up a generation of passionate followers of Jesus Christ through my commitment to service by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I want to improve my leadership, to be better disciplined, and to better manage my time. I want to read and study well.

Bernard Mikulic|| needs YRM funding ::

Bernard Mikulic|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

What is your ministry?

I was a pastor for 25 years. My wife and I moved from my hometown to the south of Herzegovina to a small city called Čapljina and we started a church there. It was always on my heart to go to new cities where there are no churches. Then we led and helped plant a church in Trebinje, Grude, and later in Croatia in Ploče and Korčula. Now I am leading a Bible Institute where we are helping to teach new leaders. At this moment we have students from Croatia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. I still oversee the churches where I was involved before. I am looking to be part of a church leadership team.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I am hoping to help other leaders with being more team-focused. In my area, the leadership structure is the pastor on the top, and the elders are underneath the pastor mainly to confirm the pastor’s leadership. I would like to learn more about how to put together a team that really functions as a team.

What is your leadership role?

I am the director of the Evangelical Bible Institute in Mostar. We want to develop leaders by teaching them, equipping them, encouraging them, and helping them to connect with other leaders. I also oversee churches in my area. I visit churches on a regular basis in Čapljina, Ploče, and Korčula to give them advice and help them through difficult situations. I am developing my relationship with pastors and churches in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Šibenik, Croatia. The Baptist Church in Šibenik does not currently have a pastor and they have been asking me to preach.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I feel that most churches are stuck and burned out. I can see their situations, but I do not know how to help them without an invitation. For many pastors in my context mentoring is not a developed concept. I want to be better at mentoring and leading.

Richard De Oliveira|| needs YRM funding ::

Richard De Oliveira|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

What is your ministry?

I am missionary with Word of Life Fellowship. I serve in Hungary as director of the Bible Institute, and I am part of the leadership of the general ministry of Word of Life Hungary. I am also involved in teaching and discipleship ministry. We welcome students from various countries in Europe and other continents for a year or two of Bible studies, theology training, and practical ministry activities. We have received an annual average of 60 students in the last few years. The average age is 21 years old. Our goal is to train them biblically and theologically to live an effective life for the Lord in any occupational context.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I look forward to interacting and learning from leaders who are already working in the European context. I want to share difficulties, doubts, and ministry plans. In other words, I am looking for brothers who can share the load with me. Of course, I would also like to help others as the need and opportunity arises. I am looking to learn from other leaders who have been working in Europe for a longer time, therefore, with more experience to share with me.

What is your leadership role?

I serve as director of the Bible Institute. I lead the entire staff involved in the institute’s ministry. Today, we have 16 dedicated people in this ministry. As part of the overall Word of Life Hungary ministry leadership team, I am involved in major ministry decisions, including team care, finances, doctrine, discipline, and planning for the future. I also build relationships with the Word of Life Europe directors. The Word of Life has ministry is in 18 countries in Europe and we work in cooperation with them. The goal is to send students to do internships, to start training programs for young people, and to offer mentoring.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I want to develop the following skills: leading and motivating a multicultural team; planning for the short-and medium-term future in a culture of resistance to change; surviving in the ministry in a cross-cultural context; better understanding the challenges for leadership in the European context, especially in the east.

Vasilica Croitor|| needs YRM funding ::

Vasilica Croitor|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

What is your ministry?

I am a pastor, a church planter, and a mission mobilizing leader in Romania. I moved to the Southeastern region of the country 24 years ago. We developed a vision for church planting that is being implemented in Constanta County and that is helping churches to focus on many villages and towns that do not have a church. I am also a writer and an editor. In 2010 I published a book on the relationship between the church and the State in the time of Communism and how that affects the church today. As I publisher, I have launched more than 200 book titles in the Romanian language.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

My desire is to gain a more in-depth understanding of our culture and find the most relevant methods for reaching out to our generation. Since the churches in Romania are very traditional and reluctant to change methods, it can be difficult to get them to try new things. Our churches have great potential, so we must work with them and through them, but it is a difficult process to get them mobilized. I am very confident that God has something powerful for our generation. I am praying to understand His plans and methods.

What is your leadership role?

I am the senior pastor of a network of churches. Together we reach out to Romanians, Gypsies, Turks, and other groups. Many of the people we minister to are in terrible poverty and lack education. We preach the Gospel and run social centers for the destitute. I also serve as the Executive Director of AREA (the Alliance for Spreading the Gospel at Home). This ministry is dedicated to bringing the work of evangelism and church planting back into the focus of the church in Romania. We realize that the passion for evangelism has diminished slowly since the 1989 Revolution, and the church needs to develop strategies to reach out.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I want to learn how to share Christ in new and fresh ways in our changing culture.

Misha Bakic|| needs YRM funding ::

Misha Bakic|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Serbia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

What is your ministry?

I am a deacon in the local church, serving the two pastors and the elders. I am also a youth leader and worship leader. My church serves a very poor Roma community, but large numbers of people have come to faith and joined the church over the last 30 years. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused many problems for our people, but it has also caused many people to return to the church or to ask to join it. We are anticipating a significant increase in the size of the church when we can return to normality. For now, we are still facing many challenges.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to grow in leadership, character, and skills. I am particularly interested in being able to spend some quality time with Maurice Nightingale and Mike Betts, the leaders of the mentoring group. Our church is independent and so seeing how a wider movement functions in unity for mission will be very useful. I also want to understand more about the foundations of church life and what leaders can do to ensure that these remain healthy. Lastly, I am keen to grow in my faith in Jesus and to develop in my character as a disciple of Jesus, setting an example to others so I lead well in the long term.

What is your leadership role?

I am a deacon in the church, as well as a youth leader and worship leader. Because I can speak English, I also do a lot of relating to our friends in other countries, translating for the elders, and so on. I regularly lead worship at church meetings and provide leadership to our large youth ministry. Recently we recorded a worship song using our youth band and dancers. The Roma community suffers a lot of discrimination, so it has been amazing to be able to make some external friendships with believers from outside Serbia.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I have a call to leadership and want to grow and develop. My church is planting churches and I am supporting this work.

David Adjei|| needs YRM funding ::

David Adjei|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Bolivia

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

What is your ministry?

I originally moved to Bolivia to work with a YWAM ministry focused on teenagers living on the streets. From there we planted the Fuente de Vida church in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. I am now the pastor of this church. We usually gather between 50 and 80 people on a Sunday morning, made up largely of people from a poor background, many of whom were homeless. It has been a real joy to see how God is using people from such backgrounds to reach out to others and to be involved in church leadership.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I am hoping to receive encouragement and advice. It will be life-giving to have people to bounce ideas off about church leadership and organization in general, but also with a view of planting a church plant from our main congregation. I planted the Fuente de Vida church with no personal experience of church leadership and this would be our first time planting something from there, so I’m keen to take advantage of any teaching and advice that I can get, as well as hopefully specific spirit-led wisdom for our situation.

What is your leadership role?

I lead a church which gathers usually between 50 to 80 people on a Sunday morning, although our bigger events have had over 120 people. I am involved in preaching, pastoral care, training leaders, and leading worship, as well as heading up our general leadership team. I always seem to have to spend much more time on administration and paperwork than I would like to, and especially since the pandemic started, I have been working more on getting us up to date with multimedia and technology: running our website, YouTube channel, and Facebook page. I have also been working alongside a Church Mission Society missionary in income generation projects that he is setting up and that have so far benefited two of the families from our church.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I want to become better at identifying, encouraging, training, and releasing other leaders. I would also like to grow in strategic planning and sharing our vision with others.

Ferdinand Nweke|| needs YRM funding ::

Ferdinand Nweke|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Nigeria

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

What is your ministry?

I serve with a dynamic team to help people live with eternity in view, maximize the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to raise others up to do the same. At Eternity Ministries, we use several strategies to bring eternity and eternal values to the hearts of God’s people and to help bring in the global harvest. We are convinced that the loss of the eternal perspective is a major cause of the diverted focus hindering the accomplishment of God’s purposes. Our final driving conviction is that we have neither the time nor resources to accomplish the foregoing all by ourselves and must thus multiply the doers of the work. The preceding finds expression in disciple-making through small groups, missional engagement, training leaders, and truth multiplication through publications and online and media ministry.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I hope to gain better organizational leadership skills. I need to be better equipped to develop the systems, structures, and substructures that undergird a God-given vision to ensure it is maximized. My leadership ability must not put a cap on the potential of the vision. This is a major driver for my quest for personal development and capacity building.

What is your leadership role?

I serve as General Coordinator for Eternity Ministries, and International Director for Truth Institute, the ministry’s training arm. I am responsible, under God and our Board of Trustees, to provide leadership to our global team in the pursuit of the vision. Other responsibilities include casting vision, teaching, preaching, leadership development, writing, curriculum development, and ensuring financial accountability to the Lord, our Board, and our partners. As International Director of Truth Institute, I lead our effort at multiplying laborers for the harvest through our School of Divine Priorities (SODIP) training currently taking place in East Africa and Nigeria.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I need help in building systems and structures, planning, execution, team building, and maximizing God-given vision.

Vitalii Klodnytskyi|| needs YRM funding ::

Vitalii Klodnytskyi|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

What is your ministry?

I received a master’s degree in Bible and Theology from the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Kiev. I now teach in Bible colleges and seminaries on such subjects such as Homiletics, 1 Corinthians, and Bibliology. For five years, I was the leader of a musical group and participated in different evangelistic programs. In 2012, with a team of pastors, we started a new church. I am a member of the church’s leadership committee and a deacon. I also lead a home group and teach and preach in the church’s services. Through the home groups, we are counseling, discipling, and mentoring our members. As a rule, I am responsible for helping 20 people to grow and develop Christ-like character.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I realize how important it is to gain the experience of others and meet with Christian leaders from other countries and cultures. Likewise, I am an adherent of the Western style of management. I want to gain more knowledge and principles to implement them in our local organizations. It is also very important for me to expand my list of contacts and keep in touch with leaders from different countries.

What is your leadership role?

Our church is a relatively new one and we have been trying to build a more Western church hierarchy and structure. As part of the church’s leadership team, I work to guide the church. I am also a co-founder of a media project called InstalGod.Tv. We have several hired people and use many volunteers on the team. Over the course of six years, we have gained more than 30,000 subscribers and 30 million views of our studio channel’s. At beginning of 2020, we started a Christian organization called Some4life in which I am one of the coordinators. Our role is to help each organization to grow and present its needs.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I would like to learn more about how to hire the right team members, how to resolve conflict situations, and how to build our organization’s structure correctly.

Aron Ablonczy|| needs YRM funding ::

Aron Ablonczy|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

What is your ministry?

I am a leader of a youth organization called Youth Builders. This is a support ministry for youth leaders in Hungary. There are many leaders who serve youth, and there are many organizations that organize programs for teens, but there aren’t many that are behind them as a backstage. We equip leaders, train them, and work with them. We have a conference in cooperation with 11 denominations that has served more than 650 leaders in the last 4 years. I also serve in a church plant in Diósd, where I work as a local pastor.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I hope to learn from the experiences of others and to gain informative knowledge from the trainers. I would like to grow personally with my skills and to read more and gain more knowledge. I would like to find answers to my leadership challenges. I would like to learn more about how to decide between important and urgent to dos, how to lead the team spiritually, and how to evaluate our annual ministry strategy.

What is your leadership role?

I am leading a team of seven people: five are full time and two are part time. I am responsible for strategy, direction, and partner relationships. I plan our projects, lead one on ones, maintain contact with advisers, train and equip the team members, recruit volunteers, and oversee our finances. I write articles about youth ministry. I give lectures about youth ministry at conferences and theological seminars. I lead and mentor other leaders on our team.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I want to learn more about time management, especially making a weekly schedule for the team. I want to learn more about organizational development and developing a structure for equipping team members and for self-education.

Zsuzsanna Nemethy|| needs YRM funding ::

Zsuzsanna Nemethy|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Government/Civil Service

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

What is your ministry?

I am a small group leader. In my job, I am a former lawyer and now a legal expert.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I have a lot of questions about being a leader and I hope I can discuss those questions with the others. I hope the others will share their experiences and I can learn from them. I would really like to learn from those who have been doing this for a very long time and have a clear vision. I would like to learn from others’ successes and failures. I think this is a good opportunity to figure things out and to not have to figure out on my own things that have already been tried and proven to work.

What is your leadership role?

I am the home group leader of a bunch of young professionals in their 30s. There are only two home groups in our church; the other group focuses on exegesis and a thorough understanding of a passage from the Bible. The home group that I lead is more of systematic theology. When I started leading the home group, we spent six months reading Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology” book. We then spent six months learning about the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Currently we are using a book by Szabados’s book, who is a European Leadership Forum speaker.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I think I have challenges in all areas of teaching the Bible. I have a lot to learn. Because we are usually talking about a topic and a systematic theology rather than specific Bible passages, I need help in doing exegesis and in talking about Bible passages. I also need help in understanding what my role is and what the Holy Spirit’s role is. I always prepare for leading the small group, but how can I be spontaneous and sensitive to the guiding of the Holy Spirit?

Gabrielius Lukosius|| needs YRM funding ::

Gabrielius Lukosius|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Lithuania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

What is your ministry?

Teaching and preaching the Bible are a big part of my ministry. I have ministered in preaching and teaching for over 30 years. I started ministering without any special education. I had an artist’s education and that was my first profession. This was the end of the Soviet period and then Lithuania regained its independence. I learned to preach by listening to sermons and reading books. It was a long journey of part-time learning and constant practice. Now I preach and teach in Kaunas Evangelical Church, in other churches of the Lithuanian Evangelical Church Fellowship, and sometimes in churches of other denominations.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

First, I want to learn to present Jesus more clearly. I want to learn to better communicate the truths of Scripture. I want to learn to preach in a more understandable and more interesting way. At the beginning of my path of faith, I had an experience — a vision that I was a hole through which light shines. I want that vision to be fulfilled as much as possible so that it is not me but the light of Christ that shines. I hope to gain more diverse experience, to get closer to the experience of mentors, and to listen to their advice. Although I am already older, I hope it is not too late to continue learning and improving.

What is your leadership role?

In 1988, I became a part of the emerging “Word of Faith” Church and together with other members of the community preached the Gospel in the streets of Vilnius and at community meetings. From the autumn of 1989, I headed the Vilnius Bible School of the Word of Faith, which was established in that year. In 1990, I became the second pastor of the Word of Faith Church in Vilnius. In 2000, I became the pastor of Kaunas Church “Word of Faith” and moved to Kaunas. Since 2013 I have been the head of the Lithuanian Evangelical Churches Fellowship (formerly the Word of Faith Community).

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I want to improve in all areas of preaching and teaching.

Laszlo Benke|| needs YRM funding ::

Laszlo Benke|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Hungary

Occupation:
Pastoring/Church Planting

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

What is your ministry?

My Bible teaching activity is related to my position as a lecturer in Hebrew Studies. Specifically, there are between 90 and 120 freshmen every year at my Academy (structured as a British open university). I teach the students Biblical Hebrew from second to third form. By the time they reach fourth form, where I hold reading courses, the year has thinned to about 70 students. In the fifth form, they can choose specializations; at that point they can enroll in my class on textual history and canon, as well as my class on the theoretical problems and history of Bible translation. Each of these is attended by 10-15 students each year.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

Last year I attended a Langham workshop and was surprised at the variety of tools Tyndale House and other organizations have produced, as well as my utter need to be more methodical at approaching a text.

What is your leadership role?

My leadership roles are related to my teaching position (limited to the classroom). I am a philologist, a translator, and a lecturer, but not a leader per se. So “leadership” might not be the best word for my classroom activity, yet when we read and engage in interpreting, for instance, the binding of Isaac or the Peniel story, I feel I am in a ministerial “position,” especially as some of my students seem genuinely surprised that they can come up with their own insights. Maybe my lecturing is leadership inasmuch as I lead them to the discovery of being entitled to interpret the Bible on their own and providing them some basic tools to do so.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am good at studying the Bible by myself and interpreting it for myself, but when I want to share in a smaller group I get confused at the delivery. I want to say too many things at the same time. I think I need help in my delivery and at distilling the essence of what I learn from my studies. Moreover, I am looking forward to learning tools of exegesis and learning more about inductive methods since I want to see more structure, systematism, and awareness in my exegesis.

Reinis Zarins|| needs YRM funding ::

Reinis Zarins|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Latvia

Occupation:
Concert Pianist

Ministry Focus:
Fine Artists

What is your ministry?

I am a concert pianist performing in Latvia and wider Europe, as well as the United States and Canada from time to time. My work mainly consists of preparing interpretations of existing music pieces and offering them in concerts. I perform mostly solo, and sometimes as a soloist with orchestras, in chamber ensembles or in multi-media projects with artists of different disciplines (actors, painters, dancers). The way my art currently intersects with my ministry is through the topics I pursue for my recitals and that I present during the spoken introductions I do during my recitals. Today, my calling as an artist seems to be building relationships with other musicians and artists — both Christian and non-Christian, as well as a more direct witness through public interviews on the radio, TV, and printed press, alongside opportunities to speak to my concert audiences through music and words.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I expect to gain a stronger view of the importance of art for human life in general and for the church in particular. I hope to gain some tools for standing strong during our current cultural battles. I would like to learn to better appreciate art and music, since I usually look at it from inside and thus often miss its impact. I expect to hear of many intersections of faith and art, some of which might catalyze my own creativity towards new projects. I hope to be able to get to know the other artists more than superficially, and I truly hope to meet among them at least one practicing professional artist with whom I could create something new together.

What is your leadership role?

I am a concert pianist.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I would like to develop a higher, though biblical, view of the arts than I currently hold. I would like to gain wisdom in dealing with the highly politicized areas of my work as a Christian while remaining in close contact with my unbelieving colleagues and audiences. I would like to be able to see new creative possibilities, to look more widely at the purpose of art and music in this world.

Egle Tamulyte|| needs YRM funding ::

Egle Tamulyte|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Lithuania

Occupation:
Artist

Ministry Focus:
Fine Arts

What is your ministry?

I have been creative all my life. I have an MA in Graphic Art from Vilnius Academy of Arts. I have had more than 60 exhibitions all around the world. I work as an interdisciplinary artist. I have won multiple awards and scholarships. Since I became a newborn Christian, I have been incorporating God’s Word and truths into my art. I am trying to illustrate and evangelize in some new contemporary forms.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I need wisdom to navigate my ship through the storm. Jesus takes the wheel, but I want to learn how to make the best decisions as often as possible, especially when other people are looking up to me as a leader. I don’t want to be a bad leader. I hope to learn from others by hearing about their experiences and to find peace and strength to go through my life without constantly panicking that I’m doing something wrong.

What is your leadership role?

I have an art ministry. I raise theological and technological questions through my art. I have an official art creator status from Lithuania’s Minister of Culture. I live as a professional artist, selling canvases, drawing murals, doing artist’s research, and so on.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

You have to have courage to step out and admit you are Christian when our faith is so commonly ridiculed. Artists in general are very cruel and critical. I am looking for new forms through which to talk about the same old things without being banal. I would also like to get people who have no faith interested in finding out more by examining my work. I would like to approach people and share the Gospel in a creative and attractive manner. I want to use art to serve God. I want to find peace with myself, not rushing to judge myself for each action I take while creating. I need to learn to be more grateful and less of a perfectionist. I would also like create from a place of joy more often, rather than from darker emotions.

Janis Skulme|| needs YRM funding ::

Janis Skulme|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Latvia

Occupation:
Filmmaker

Ministry Focus:
Fine Arts

What is your ministry?

I make films and use filmmaking as an evangelism tool. I also produce content with Christian values. My current ministry is equipping individuals and churches with the skills of filmmaking. I instruct on how to use filmmaking to teach the Word of God and to do fundraising. I teach about filmmaking equipment, software, and basic filmmaking techniques. Filmmaking as such does not provide regular income, therefore I am working to create a filmmaking course from which people could benefit, but that will also speak about values and provide a steady income.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to learn more about how to maintain steady income as an artist while at the same time expressing my inner calling.

What is your leadership role?

I am learning how to expand the International Film School of Latvia network I lead and to improve the business and mission model. My calling is to help youth discover their talents and encourage them to learn and use filmmaking skills professionally for the Kingdom

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I want to develop a bigger network of people who have heart for teaching and have experience organizing the teaching in structured way.

Stefania Shaded|| needs YRM funding ::

Stefania Shaded|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Artist

Ministry Focus:
Fine Arts, Women’s Ministry

What is your ministry?

I am a pastor’s wife and am responsible for women’s ministry in our church as a women’s chaplain. I mentor two women who are responsible for leading Bible study groups. I disciple three young mothers. I organize outreach through art exhibitions. I have developed friendships with gallery owners in Poland and Czech Republic, who allow me to share the Gospel when I exhibit my paintings. I am leading art workshops once a week to reach new people for Christ. This gives me the opportunity to have one-on-one time with students and to study the Bible with them.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

For me it is important to have accountability. Two years ago, I was part of another Forum Year-Round Mentoring group for leaders; they held me accountable for painting 8 hours a week. This accountability helped me so much to make painting one of my priorities. Because of that accountability I grew in my skills. I want to grow more in working together with other artists on different projects. Most of the artists I know in my local context are either Catholic or atheists. I need to have other Christian friends who are artists.

What is your leadership role?

I am a mentor and women’s chaplain.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

So far, I have exhibited my paintings at the invitation of galleries or when others have organized exhibitions for me. I do not like to advertise myself. It is easier and more comfortable for me to suggest others for exhibition. I need help in this area of “self-promotion.” I have the gift of hospitality. I can cook and enjoy a larger group of people. I do not like write, remind, or organize. I need to work with someone else as a team. I am disciplined and systematic, but I am not good at delegation. I have a hard time holding others accountable for their work. I hope to grow in this area. I also hope to make new contacts with other artists and learn from their work and experience. I would be happy to mentor younger artists.

Galina Repeko|| needs YRM funding ::

Galina Repeko|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Belarus

Occupation:
Artist

Ministry Focus:
Fine Arts

What is your ministry?

My friends and I created an arts community for Christians in Minsk nearly two years ago. This is a pioneering ministry in Belarus; we now have a team of 10 creative people from different mediums of art. The main goals of our community are learning different artistic mediums and to use different instruments and tools; discussing how we can impact our country through the arts; exploring what it means to be “Christian artist;” working on art projects together and encouraging each other in making personal projects. Our dream is to host a conference for Christian artists so that we can gather photographers, filmmakers, dancers, artists, actors, writers, and musicians together.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would be grateful to receive encouragement in my ministry. It would be incredible to make something together as a group with our own hands. I will be grateful to the organizers if we have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with speakers and mentors to discuss issues and get some advice, which will certainly be useful.

What is your leadership role?

I am an artist and the co-founder of a community of Christian artists. Our vision is that we can be useful instruments for sharing the Gospel through our talents.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Not all churches are supportive of the arts. They think that artists must not interact with this “dirty world” and they think that all art must have an evangelistic purpose. Secondly, this is still a new ministry in Belarus, so we need guidance in which direction to go. Thirdly, it is very difficult to find a balance between being “relevant” and having a Christian vision. Sometimes it is very difficult to find that “golden mean.” However, I am confident that you can be an artist for people without losing your identity in Christ. I am also very interested in the question of how our art community can work with churches. Is there a clear strategy for the arts ministry movement? And how can we bring together talented people from different spheres (like photographers, filmmakers, visual artists, actors, dancers, designers, etc.)?

Damaris Otremba|| needs YRM funding ::

Damaris Otremba|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Artist

Ministry Focus:
Fine Arts, Church Planting

What is your ministry?

I have been involved in the arts throughout my entire life. I grew up in a home full of artwork painted by my parents, so it was impossible not to have a passion for the arts. I studied painting and art at Belhaven University and completed a Masters in Art Education in Silesia. I have done many personal and group exhibitions. My passion from my youth has been creating paintings that will bring glory only to God and that will motivate and inspire others to think about Him. For over 20 years I have been creating art that can be used in the church for building up believers and outside of the church for reaching the unsaved. I also continually encourage other believing artists in Poland to use their talents for building up the church and for evangelism. I believe that my main calling as an artist is to bring God glory.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to be mentored and coached in serving God with my gifts in painting. I also want to build deeper friendships with like-minded people working in the arts. I also want to be mentored in how to one day start a ministry to Christian artists. I am also hoping that some of my doctrinal struggles regarding paintings of Jesus’ image in the church will be addressed, especially in the context of Roman Catholicism in Poland and Europe. I want to learn from other artists (especially visual artists) about how they use their talents to glorify God and serve Him.

What is your leadership role?

For the past 20 years my husband and I have been involved in church planting in Poland. We are also mentoring others to do the same.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I am hoping to develop my knowledge of how to paint in the church and outside of the church in the context where I live and serve. I am also hoping to learn how to start a ministry that will encourage artists to minister in the church for building up the body of Christ and reaching the lost.

Madara Molnika-Skulme|| needs YRM funding ::

Madara Molnika-Skulme|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Latvia

Occupation:
Artist

Ministry Focus:
Fine Arts

What is your ministry?

I an artist myself. I design posters, business cards, flyers, advertisements, logos, and so on. I paint, draw, and do handicrafts such as sewing, knitting, and crocheting. I am extremely creative. I also help with ministry work and organizing conferences related to the arts. I help my husband, who is a film maker. We work on different film projects and from time to time help churches with film-related projects.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would love to settle more on one artistic medium or to learn how to focus my work on one people group or ministry.

What is your leadership role?

My husband and I mentor people who would like to get started in making videos or movies. We give them overall insights into the filmmaking process and help them to start with an idea and bring that idea to completion. We help churches and those new to filmmaking in how to do production and post-production work.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I want to connect with other artists. I want to learn what and how others are doing their ministries. I want to be inspired and motivated to be a better artist. I would like to learn more about how my talents could be used in ministry.

Yurii Marchuk|| needs YRM funding ::

Yurii Marchuk|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Ukraine

Occupation:
Animator

Ministry Focus:
Fine Arts

What is your ministry?

My main ministry in the church is leading the small groups and discipleship groups. I also play guitar in the worship band and preach. Starting next semester, I will be teaching “Introduction to Old Testament” and “Hermeneutics” at the seminary where I studied. I am co-writing a book with one of the professors there. I believe that we as Christians have to represent God in all we do, but I work for a non-Christian organization. I would like to create Christian content.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I expect to be part of a group of creative people who love God and know how to share Christ in creative ways. It would be great to meet new people and make new friends who are also passionate about learning how to use their talents to make God known. Through these relationships we can all learn from each other and help and support each other to grow in what we are doing. This program will be inspiring and will help me to grow deeper in a theology of the arts.

What is your leadership role?

I am an artist, illustrator, and animator by profession. I am also learning to write scripts because I believe this could be used to win more people for Christ.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Most of the time the arts are only represented by music ministry in Ukrainian churches. But I want it to be more than this. There are Christian people who have been illustrating different books or magazines for children, but you would not be able to find animated movies by Christians in Ukraine. I believe that this can be a creative way to reach people, through storytelling, cartoons, and comics; unfortunately, this is not popular in Ukraine and not many people understand the power of this opportunity. Most Christians haven’t even realized that such a medium could be used to share the gospel. I am interested in learning more about the experiences of Christian writers from other countries who write for non-Christian audiences. Two great examples for me have been C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Kulli Hansen|| needs YRM funding ::

Kulli Hansen|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Estonia

Occupation:
Artist

Ministry Focus:
Fine Arts

What is your ministry?

I am the leader of ARTEST+, an Estonian arts ministry. I work with artists; together we organize international partnerships with ministries from other countries. Our main partners are Bridgebuilders International from the United States and Partneri from Latvia; together we organize retreat camps and a festival called ImagiNATIONS for artists. My Estonian team organizes conferences for Christian artists and plans art exhibitions. I also host a radio program on Estonian Christian radio where I introduce Christian artists to the radio audience or invite pastors and other guests to talk about visual art and topics connected to understanding the arts.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I expect to receive inspiration, networking, new contacts, and ideas for cooperative projects. For me, it is also very important to think of the biblical value of the arts and to understand how Bible understands the arts and its importance in human life, both for artists themselves and for the church. Pastoral approaches to, and understanding of, the arts is important to me and helps me understand why I do the work I do.

What is your leadership role?

I am the art manager of the Estonian Christian Arts Ministry. I organize events where Christian artists can meet each other and network. I previously ran my own art gallery for 10 years.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I would love to organize a bigger international project on which all the participants of the mentoring program could work together. Sometimes large joint projects can attract artists of all ages and backgrounds. It is also often easier to find financing for bigger projects that are ambitious and bold, rather than to find funding for organizing smaller local events. Big international exhibitions and artistic challenges are often also more attractive to younger people. How can we attract younger artists? How can we be more visible and how can we give Christian visual arts and artists more significance?

Cristian Cazacu|| needs YRM funding ::

Cristian Cazacu|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Artist

Ministry Focus:
Fine Arts

What is your ministry?

I have been involved in music ministry for nearly thirty years, both in church/worship settings, and as a singer, songwriter, and performing artist. In the early days, I focused almost exclusively on playing in a worship team and leading worship in my local church. Later on, I began performing nationally with my pop/rock band called “Born Again.” In 2007, I began studying at Fuller Theological Seminary, pursuing an MA in Global Christian Worship. Since graduating in 2010, I have continued performing my music nationally, teaching worship seminars, and giving talks on the need for engaging the arts theologically and making the voice of the artists heard in Church and culture for the purposes of the Kingdom of the risen Christ.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

First and foremost, I hope to join a community of artist-saints. Second, I want to complete the long-desired mentoring journey with people who have walked this path before me. Third, I long for a cross-cultural experience and a learning process that unveils the beauty of God’s faithfulness through the arts in various cultures. Finally, I look forward to the one-on-one coaching sessions.

What is your leadership role?

As an artistic mentor, I feel the burden to impart from my experience and knowledge to those from the younger generations, in order to help them avoid some of the mistakes I made when there was no one to turn to for guidance. As a trainer, I am currently developing a curriculum for an online course on the need for a practical theology of worship.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

With a vision for the arts in Christian worship and witness at a national level, there are a lot of strategic, logistical, and administrative aspects that need to be considered in order to turn that vision into reality. I also feel the need to deepen my understanding of the arts theologically, but also how I articulate such an understanding in my context of ministry. Finally, since I want to also write songs in English, I feel the need to surround myself with English native speakers, artists in their own right, who can help me become a better lyricist.

Magdalena Szysxkowska|| needs YRM funding ::

Magdalena Szysxkowska|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Poland

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Discipleship

What is your ministry?

I am involved in my church community in different ways. I lead a Bible study group for women. I am in the church choir. I also am involved with seminars for women that my church organizes two or three times a year. As the leader of a small group, I want to be an example of Christ’s love to the other women, to show them love and interest and concern, to build trust in sharing in their problems and struggles. I want to build relationships with them daily, not just once a week when we formally meet.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I am eager to get to know other Christian leaders and learn from their experiences. I would like to gain more self-esteem and to be more disciplined about my own prayer life and study of the Bible. I want to become better at making disciples.

What is your leadership role?

My sister and I lead two Bible groups for women. I am responsible for a group for new Christian women or women who are not believers but searching.
Based on the materials from our church and other sources I prepare questions and commentary for the group. I am also responsible for the winter Christmas meeting for women. The aim of this meeting is to share the Gospel and encouraging women to grow in their faith. I am responsible for the topic, the verses of the Bible that will be meditated, and usually one of the women will share the Gospel. This is what really excites me, and I love the interaction with people!

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

My goal to know the Bible, to grow in faith, and to become more and more Christ-centered. To be a good leader, first I must grow myself. Then I can help other women to come to Jesus. I want to show women in my small group how essential it is to read God’s Word and to apply it to their own lives. In my group, I have mostly very young Christians or women who are still hesitating to become Christians. The challenges that I face are to not become discouraged when women don’t come regularly to the group. It is hard for me, and I get angry at them. I see that I want to control them in a sense. I know that to study the Bible and to know God is the best thing and I become irritated when some of the women have other priorities. I must be more patient. There are also some Catholic women coming to the group, so I must navigate how to communicate the truth of the gospel while also not scaring them away from the group

Andrei Hera|| needs YRM funding ::

Andrei Hera|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Children and/or Youth

What is your ministry?

I am currently involved in youth ministry as a youth leader. Our church is nearing about 1,000 members and we usually have about 300-400 young people attending youth services. Apart from this, one of my specific duties is to guide the people in our youth choir.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I am new to this. As an engineer, I do well with a curriculum and would like to learn how to prepare one. I would also like to see how to bring forth this vision to my pastor and elders, hoping they will see for themselves the true importance of discipleship.

What is your leadership role?

I lead a small team of around 15 people with whom we serve smaller churches around Timisoara. I also manage the administration of our youth department. Throughout everything that I am involved in, I always try to help people see the importance of basic spiritual disciplines like prayer and Bible study. I do not want us to be merely doing activities and programs in the church. This has been something that I have been struggling with.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I want to make disciples, but a frustrating aspect of this is that I am part of a church that does not see the importance of discipleship. I have personally felt the lack of discipleship in our church, and I want to help change this mindset. The good news is that lately our pastor is showing signs that this might change, but it is too early to tell. There are a few people from our church who are struggling to help others in the church see how important discipleship making really is. One critical aspect is the curriculum. I have some ideas, but I have never prepared a discipleship curriculum before. I need help with this.

Ismael Sanchez Cortes|| needs YRM funding ::

Ismael Sanchez Cortes|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching

What is your ministry?

I am quite involved in teaching in my ministry in the university and in the church. I deliver seminars, workshops, and evangelistic talks to students in the university. I have also taken some courses on Bible preaching here in Spain as a part of Langham Ministries’ involvement with the Lausanne Movement. I really love preaching. I am aware that I need to improve in so many areas, but I can’t help but enjoy and love it when I preach and teach the Bible.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to keep practicing my preaching skills so I can improve and be a better preacher. I would love to dig deeper into the Bible with people who love Scripture as I do. I think this is a good opportunity to have some fellowship amongst brothers and sisters who find this ministry as interesting and fascinating as I do. I think this could be a good opportunity to share challenges, joys, and learn from each other for the glory of God. I am excited to learn more about preaching and about the Bible.

What is your leadership role?

I work as a staff worker for the IFES movement in Spain, called GBU (Bible university group). This is my seventh year now in this role. I take care of students, equip them to do mission, train them, accompany them, and help them to plan and evaluate the ministry they do in the university context. I usually teach in churches, both in youth groups and to the larger church body. I am an elder in my church, where I frequently preach the Word of the Lord. I am also in charge of preparing the schedule of the preachers in our church. I lead the youth group in my church and train future youth leaders.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I need to improve my applications and the way in which I explain the gospel. I want the gospel to always be present in my preaching, but in a way that does not seem repetitive. I need to improve my sermon preparation process. I need to be more focused and structured. I would like to improve the way in which I connect the Bible with our contemporary world.

Anca Piglesan|| needs YRM funding ::

Anca Piglesan|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Romania

Occupation:
Christian Ministry

Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service

What is your ministry?

I am currently in between roles and taking a sabbatical year. In my life, everything seems to be uncertain. I am not passive about this; on the contrary, I have a spiritual director with whom I am working intensely to get to certain conclusions. Most recently, I was a country leader for Operation Christmas Child.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I previously participated in another Year-Round Mentoring group. That previous group really challenged me to be more of what Christ wants me to be. I learned so many things. The fellowship was amazing, and the group was so precious. We have really been connected and have learned so much from one another. There is a huge value in being together in the ministry, in learning from each other. Even though we didn’t see each other physically, this “group of strangers” became some of my closest friends. I think this is what I expect from this year’s Year-Round Mentoring: fellowship, learning together, and becoming more like Christ and less like us.

What is your leadership role?

I am not a formal leader, but it seems I have always been the informal leader of the women’s groups of which I have been part. I end up taking a leadership role and coordinating the things that we do.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I think that now, more than ever, gathering people together, even online, is the most difficult thing to do. We seem to have gained the time from going to the office and back (since most of us work from home), but the reality is that everyone complains about not having time. It has never been more difficult to get the women in our group together for prayer, even though we all recognize this is what we need now more than ever. I get discouraged easily and would love to learn more about how to face difficulties and the times when nothing seems to work. Learning how to motivate others is another skill I would like to develop. I need help with strategy and planning.

Andrea Becciolini|| needs YRM funding ::

Andrea Becciolini|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Italy

Occupation:
Youth

Ministry Focus:
Pastoral Growth

What is your ministry?

I do student ministry working with GBU, the Italian arm of IFES. My ministry is serving the students and local churches. I disciple and equip university students to grow in their love and knowledge of Jesus to see them witnessing boldly of Jesus to their colleagues and developing a “missional life” that will continue after their studies. I also work at and develop projects at the national level, such as training conferences for GBU student leaders and creating online strategies to encourage Christian students in their mission to share the gospel to their colleagues for Christ’s sake.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I hope to grow in my knowledge of the biblical principles of discipleship but also in the practice, so that I will be able to apply them in my specific culture and in the “sub-culture” of university students. This will help me to plan and develop a discipleship plan with the aim of seeing students who grasp the biblical call to be disciples who make disciples of Jesus, not just during their university years but also for their entire lives. This, in the long term, in God’s grace, will affect the mindset of local churches that too often, in Italy, are not focused on discipleship.

What is your leadership role?

I am a staff worker, so I mainly disciple students with a focus on understanding the gospel and growing in evangelism skills. I try to meet weekly with students to read the Bible and pray together; if possible, I meet with non-Christian students to introduce them to the Bible. My main role then is to train the student leaders to see them love the Lord Jesus and make disciples

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I need help to plan and develop a clear, replicable, gospel-centered discipleship plan.

Albert Crespo|| needs YRM funding ::

Albert Crespo|| needs YRM funding ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Bible Teaching

Ministry Focus:
Church Revitalization

What is your ministry?

I am a Hebrew teacher at IBSTE, a seminary that offers a bachelor’s degree in theology with civil equivalence by the Spanish Ministry of Education. I am preparing a new subject for September: the Pentateuch.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I want to understand the differences between the Roman Catholic institution and the people who attend the Catholic church, yet who read the Bible and want to follow Jesus in an authentic way. I want to understand the key points of difference between Catholicism and evangelicalism.

What is your leadership role?

I have been an elder in a Brethren Assemblies church and a full-time worker in the same denomination for 5 years.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I live in Spain, a context with a Catholic background. Although Spain is increasingly becoming less Catholic, especially among young people and in the region of Catalonia, I find myself among people whose understanding of Christianity is equal to that of the Roman Catholic Church. I hope to be able to be fairer in my understanding of Catholicism and to be able to reach out to the people within the Roman Catholic Church to understand them and help them to come to Christ.

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